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

Dong Chul You, Se Kwang Hwang

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1259-1279
JournalDisability & Society
Issue number8
Early online date3 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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