Consistency or change in women's politicization in South Korea

Aie Rie Lee

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Using 1982 and 1990 survey data, this paper examines the extent to which the gender gap in politicization has persisted and/or changed in South Korea. The core emphasis of the paper is on whether economic development and generational turnover have reduced gender inequality in some attitudes - psychological involvement, protest potential, system trust-that are important for political activity The findings indicate that both economic development and generational shift have narrowed the gender gap in politicization over an eight-year period. It should be emphasized, however, that the socio-political structure has not caught up with Korean women's attitudinal changes, thus resulting in a phenomenon of "institutional lag.".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-200
Number of pages18
JournalPolicy Studies Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996


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