Organized Panel Session
Regardless of pros and cons of the term “developmental state,” it holds powerful meanings, signaling the state leadership in speedy and efficient progress and expansion of economy and social transformation. In South Korean context, it often signifies the state-led economic development, especially under the authoritarian political regimes during the 1960s - 1980s period. But if the development is a wider social process laden with contesting values, beliefs and ideology, it is also full of cultural contradictions and fissures. Three papers in this panel investigate layered meanings of development as cultural contestation through deeper analyses of a select group of texts in literature, film, and popular music, produced in the wildly developing urban spaces of South Korea.