Voicing Discontent in South Korea

Origins and Channels of Online Civic Movements

Authored by: Maurice Vergeer , Se Jung Park

The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138860766
eBook ISBN: 9781315716299
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506560


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The presence of social movements is an indication of how civic engagement is working in a society, and judging from the increase in civic organisations in South Korea, the country is moving towards consolidating democracy. To support their rights and voice their concerns the people in South Korea have taken to the streets for a number of social problems, using the Internet and social media to organise events and mobilise participants. Among the most notable movements are the Candlelight protests, for instance, on the import of U.S. beef (2008) with an estimated attendance of seven hundred protesters and the Sewol ferry disaster (2014) with an estimated attendance of over a million protesters.

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