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State Building and Religion: Explaining the Diverged Path of Religious Change in Taiwan and South Korea, 1950-1980

Title
State Building and Religion: Explaining the Diverged Path of Religious Change in Taiwan and South Korea, 1950-1980
Authors
Lee, ChengpangSuh, Myungsahm
Ewha Authors
서명삼
SCOPUS Author ID
서명삼scopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY
ISSN
0002-9602JCR Link

1537-5390JCR Link
Citation
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY vol. 123, no. 2, pp. 465 - 509
Publisher
UNIV CHICAGO PRESS
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS
Document Type
Article
Abstract
In this article, the authors develop a theory of religious change based on the linked ecological understanding of the state-building process, to tackle the question of why the diverged path of religious change took place in South Korea and Taiwan in the 1970s. Specifically, this article aims to explain three related puzzles: (1) Given the fact that the growth of Christianity in Taiwan and South Korea was similar in the 1950s, why, in the late 1960s, did Christianity begin to grow explosively in South Korea while it stagnated in Taiwan? (2) Why did this explosive growth in South Korea occur during the Park Chung Hee regime? (3) Why did other religions (e.g., Buddhism) also grow rapidly in South Korea during the same period? Using several original materials, the authors demonstrate the central role of different state-building processes in sparking the diverged religious change in these two societies.
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DOI
10.1086/692728
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