Rural Women and Triple Exploitation in Korean Development by Dong-Sook Shin GILLS

By Dong-Sook Shin GILLS

This publication is a accomplished research of the unrecognized function performed and burden borne by means of rural girls over the past 4 a long time of South Korean monetary improvement. It bargains a brand new serious realizing of the the most important position performed via rural ladies within the Korean monetary "miracle." featuring her "triple exploitation" version, Dong-Sook Shin Gills explains the linkages among rural girls, nationwide improvement, and the worldwide economic climate. She concludes that, through triple exploitation, rural ladies held greater than their "fair proportion" of the stress of fast industrialization.

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What Korea has long lacked is a long-term policy to protect and promote agriculture. Such a policy would enable the farmers to overcome the prolonged stagnation of the agricultural economy and 28 Agriculture in the Korean Development Model increase productivity to meet the new expanding demand for food products. This would establish a new cycle of high agricultural productivity and capital accumulation in the agricultural sector, as well as preventing the continuous decline of domestic food supply rates, thus maintaining self-sufficiency.

4 per cent. However, by the late 1970s the South Korean economic and political model was in a serious crisis. The structural dependency of heavy and chemical industrialisation was brought to the surface as the world economic recession worsened. 2 per cent was recorded for the first time since the national economic development planning was launched in 1962. The extremely bad harvest, and uncertainty in the domestic political situation, added yet more difficulties to a Korean economy already severely affected by the world economic recession.

It also shared the same feature of dependency in which the selection of certain industries and preferences are heavily influenced by external conditions. By the early 1980s, Korea became virtually the most import/export dependent economy in the world, and this great trade dependence was exacerbating the inflation problem. In order to address its continuing trade deficit and counteract inflation, a high priority was placed upon internal price stabilisation. The government froze the purchase price of rice in 1983.

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