Achievements of and challenges facing the Korean Disabled People’s Movement

You, Dong Chul and Hwang, Se Kwang (2018) Achievements of and challenges facing the Korean Disabled People’s Movement. Disability & Society, 33 (8). pp. 1259-1279. ISSN 0968-7599

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This paper provides a critical review of the development of the disabled people’s movement in South Korea since 1945, reflecting both its achievements and the obstacles it has faced. In particular, political positions and responses to the movement’s agitation against socio-cultural discrimination and inequality are discussed. Further, three key theoretical foundations of the movement are examined in order to describe the diversity inherent therein. This paper concludes that the disabled people’s movement has heavily influenced the values, norms, and systems of Korean society, but it has predominantly focused on integrating disability issues into policy and legislation, not on changing society and culture. Hence, the Korean Disabled People’s Movement is currently facing many challenges that are major threats towards its future development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: South Korea, Disability Rights, Theoretical foundations, The Disabled People’s Movement, Disabled People’s Organisations
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 12:19
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 17:45

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