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Chang, Dae-Oup (2007) 'When Capital Becomes Society: The Recomposition of Capitalist Work and New Labour Activism in Korea.' In: Hart-Lansberg, Martin, Jeong, Seongjin and Westra, Richard, (eds.), Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 221-239.

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This article aims to examine the recomposition of capitalist work in South Korea. Based on Marx’s understanding of capital as a form of social relations of the extraction of abstract labour, this article shows the continual reorganisation of capitalist labour in Korea by tracing the interaction between the movement of capital and labour. Particular focus is on the recent movement of capital that precipitated the massive irregularisation of capitalist work. This article presents how labour has been subsumed to the logic of the reproduction of the social conditions of capital accumulation after the Asian economic crisis. However, it does not examine this process as a one-way process of labour being recomposed by the movement of capital. Rather, I illustrate this process by closely looking at the way in which labour moves beyond the social arrangement of exploitation by founding itself on the newly emerging labour activism in Korea.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Globalisation, South Korea, labour movement, irregular workers
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
ISBN: 9780754648161
Copyright Statement: Copyright Martin Hart Landsberg, Seongjin Jeong and Richard Westra
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2009 11:41

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