Liberal nationalism and responsible citizenship in South Korea

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This essay explores how South Koreans have creatively acculturated the meaning of citizenship using Confucianism-originated familial affectionate sentiments (chǒ), while resisting a liberal individualistic conception of citizenship, by investigating contemporary nationalist politics in South Korea. Its central claim is that the chǒng-induced politico-cultural practice of collective moral responsibility (uri-responsibility), which transcends the binary of individualism and collectivism and of liberalism and nationalism, represents the essence of Korean national citizenship. In other words, this essay attempts to make a Korean case of "liberal nationalism" in its post-Confucian context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-463
Number of pages15
JournalCitizenship Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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