New approaches to North Korean politics after reunification: the search for a common Korean identity

Virginie Grzelczyk*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Whilst most of the literature focusing on the Korean peninsula has concentrated on how to achieve unification through confidence-building measures, dialogues, negotiation and diplomacy, little attention has been paid to how a unified Korean identity, a core component of any potential reunification scheme could develop and be sustained. The paper addresses this gap by: (1) defining what national identity is, and how Korean identities have been formed, (2) outlining how both South and North Korea have understood and used the concept of national identity, (3) suggesting possible grounds on which the two Koreas could build a new, common national identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-190
Number of pages12
JournalCommunist and Post-Communist Studies
Volume47
Issue number2
Early online date10 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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Keywords

  • nation-building
  • national identify
  • North Korea
  • reunification
  • South Korea

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