Comparative Sociology final paper_ Minkyu Kim

Comparative Sociology final paper_ Minkyu Kim - Comparative...

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Comparative Sociology Minkyu Kim Yonsei University Certifying Traditional Korean Rice Wine: Reinventing Korean Agrarianism By Integrating and Sustaining Eastern and Western Social Movements . In the our globalized world culture, the tradition and identity of one's individual society is gradually disappearing based on what we eat and how we spend on food . Traditionally farmed crops and produce are disappearing faster and faster through free market capitalism . This problem is especially prevalent in the developing nations where crops are farmed then exported under free trade agreements . Fair trade movement is trying to address and alleviate the wage problems, labor conditions and sustainability issues concerning these developing nations . I will examine whether fair trade movement is the ideal solution regarding pulling developing nations out of poverty and advancing sustainability . I will also examine other social movements inside and outside of Korea . I will
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propose how Korea can protect its traditional crop, rice . I will also introduce proposition of NGO to certify Korean-traditional rice-wine through finding the balance between Korean agrarian movements and western social movements . First, I will conduct examination of what free trade does to individual culture's agriculture then question the motivation of fair trade movement . There are several questions I will impose: Is fair trade truly fair? Is it the solution to developing nations' poverty and sustainability issues? Does it elevate global social responsibility or just another tool for globalization? What are the limitations of fair trade? Second, after examining fair trade and its close association with free market system, I want to impose a question: What are the alternative solutions beside fair trade? I will examine some of the other social movements besides fair trade . For instance, the concept of subsistence perspective and local food movement will be discussed . I will also discuss Korean agrarian movement led by Chon Kyu-sok and its similarities to subsistence perspective and local food movement . I propose to find ways to protect Korea's traditional crop rice which is under threat because
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of free trade which opened up Korea's market to be dominated by foreign imports . I will also examine free market economy's effect on Korean agriculture, especially on Korea's rice farming . Rice is and has been the traditional staple food of Koreans . Rice is central to Korean culture and identity . Traditional Korean rice wine and its traditional techniques of brewing rice wine is under threat because of mass production and the standardization and generalization that follows its commercialization . Its traditional characteristic is under threat because of globalization
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