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Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism, and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea

Albert L. Park

Abstract

Why and how did Korean religious groups respond to growing rural poverty, social dislocation, and the corrosion of culture caused by forces of modernization under strict Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945)? Questions about religion’s relationship and response to capitalism, industrialization, urbanization, and secularization lie at the heart of understanding the intersection between colonialism, religion, and modernity in Korea. Yet, getting answers to these questions has been a challenge because of narrow historical investigations that fail to study religious processes in relation to political ... More

Keywords: religion, modernity, modernization, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Presbyterian Church, Ch’ŏndogyo, faith-based social activism, capitalism, agrarianism, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839659
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839659.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albert L. Park, author
Claremont McKenna College

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