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The making of a social movement: citizen journalism in South Korea

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Kern, Thomas; Nam, Sang-Hui

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Abstract This article investigates the emergence of innovations in the social movement sector by exploring citizen journalism in South Korea. The findings show that the innovation resulted from brokerage activities among journalists, labour and unification activists, and progressive intellectuals. Despite different cultural visions and interests, these groups succeeded in building coalitions and constituted a sociocultural milieu that promoted reciprocal learning by allowing actors to realize new ideas and to exchange experiences. The empirical part of the study is based on a social network analysis of social movement groups and alternative media organizations active in South Korea between 1995 and 2002.
Keywords South Korea; democratization; innovation; innovation research; social movement; citizens' movement; journalism; journalist; intellectual; networking; sociocultural development; media; Internet; formulation of political objectives; participation; online media
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Communicator Research, Journalism
Method empirical; qualitative empirical
Free Keywords citizen journalism
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages 637–660 p.
Journal Current Sociology, 57 (2009) 5
ISSN 1461-7064
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.