Explaining Hwang-Gate: South Korean Identity Politics between Bionationalism and Globalization

TitleExplaining Hwang-Gate: South Korean Identity Politics between Bionationalism and Globalization
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGottweis, H, Kim, B
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Volume35
Issue4
Pagination501-524
Date Published07/2010
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number01622439
AbstractThis article explores the scientific fraud case of the South Korean stem cell scientist Woo-Suk Hwang, which represents a struggle over political identity. The South Korean state supported Hwang’s research hoping to establish Korean scientific-technological leadership in biotechnology, but it combined this globalization strategy with an identity politics built around the Korean people. The emerging bionationalism which became prevalent in South Korea in 2000 and undermined the democratic process, giving rise to violations against core principles of good governance. The South Korean government has terminated its bionationalistic mobilization, but the struggles over Hwang and Korean identity linger.
DOI10.1177/0162243909345840
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