Yoonkyung Lee of the Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Binghamton has a new article posted at the JCA website.
Sky Protest: New Forms of Labour Resistance in Neo-Liberal Korea (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2015.1012647) examines the rise of “sky protest,” a new form of labour resistance in Korea.
The article focuses on three major labour struggles at Hanjin Heavy Industry, Ssangyong Motors and Hyundai Motors.
The argument is that these forms of “extreme” protest is associated with deepening chasms in neo-liberalised Korean society, such as the division between globalising capital and immobile labour, the division between regular and non-regular workers within the labour market, and the division between the represented and the unrepresented by political institutions and collective organisations.
This article concludes that these multiple and severe divisions within Korean society pose a serious challenge for democratic governance.