Fall 2013

Economy, Society and Change in East Asia

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-230  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-230


Eunmi Mun (Section 01)


(Offered as SOCI 230 and ASLC 230.)  East Asia has been booming, economically—first Japan, then Korea and Taiwan, and now China. In this course, we will study both what made the economic boom in these countries possible and what social issues have arisen in each country because of the particular social system that arose through its process of economic development. In particular, we will consider patterns of social inequality. In the case of Japan and Korea, we will focus on understanding important inequality patterns that arose during the economic development in the 1970s and 1980s and their enduring effect on current society, such as youth unemployment and gender inequality. As for China, we will study how the rapid economic development generated social inequalities (such as glaring income inequality and urban-rural inequality) different from those observed in Japan and Korea. Through the readings and class discussions, students will learn about the lives of people who live in these East Asian societies: How are the societies organized? What are the critical social issues in these countries? How are these societies both similar and different?

Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Mun.

SOCI 230 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM MCLS 428
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM MCLS 428

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Against the Law: Labor Protests in China's Rustbelt and Sunbelt Lee Amherst Books TBD
Big Business, Strong State: Collusion and Conflict in South Korean Developments, 1690-1990 Kim Amherst Books TBD
Embedded Autonomy: States and Industrial Transformation Evans Amherst Books TBD
Office Ladies and Salaried Men: Power, Gender, and Work in Japanese Companies Ogasawara Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2024