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Conclusion - Findings and Future Directions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 April 2021

Celeste L. Arrington
George Washington University, Washington DC
Patricia Goedde
Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul
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This chapter recapitulates the book’s main theoretical and empirical findings. By unpacking the interaction between rights on the books and rights in practice, we can gain a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the evolving meanings of rights and claims-making options in Korea. We find that although the types of rights claims are diversifying and opportunities and resources for rights claiming have improved, obtaining rights protection and catalyzing social change remains challenging. We then generalize our findings on rights-based mobilization in Korea and beyond, categorizing them into lessons on (1) understanding rights in action, (2) rights as plural and fluid in meaning, and (3) rights hierarchies privileging certain groups over others. We conclude with thoughts on the future and challenges of rights claiming in Korea.

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Print publication year: 2021

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