"Today is the Day to Shout Mansei": The Culture of Resistance in Korea During the Japanese Imperial Period, 1905-1945
AuthorKitkowski, Ryan Windsor
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AbstractThe traditional framework in which resistance to is understood and discussed is limited largely to clear and pointed acts of resistance undertaken by organized groups. In the work of historian James C. Scott, particularly the book Domination of the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts, one finds an enormous diversity in the ways a subordinate population—and the individuals therein—can resist a dominant power. These ways of resisting extend outside the forms of resistance limited to organized group activity and acts of violence against the dominant group. The history of Japanese imperial rule in Korea [1905-1945] has not been characterized by consistent or widespread resistance under the traditional framework. However, as shown in this thesis, by adopting an alternative framework based off of Scott's work, and utilizing it to examine acts of resistance in the experiences and lives of Koreans who lived during the Japanese colonial period of Korean history, there is enough evidence to support the collective social existence of a Korean culture of resistance.
Degree ProgramHonors College