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My, Our, and Others' Views on North Korea

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Author Kim, Kap-Sik,Park, Juhwa
Publish Date / Page 2021-06-21 / 8 p.
Series No. CO 21-17(E)
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North Korea is an important keyword that divides conservatives and progressives in South Korea.1) The South-South divide is both a disagreement over North Korea policy as well as a dispute between conservatives and progressives. However, not many would dispute that this South-South divide has grown beyond discord over North Korea policy and has become the predominant conflict in South Korean society. The resolution of conflict requires an accurate understanding of the conflicting group. Therefore, it is crucial for progressives to understand how conservatives think, and likewise for conservatives to understand how progressives think. But interest in South Korean society and research on the topic has so far focused on how each of these ideological groups views North Korea and policies on North Korea. Meanwhile, there are not many studies that analyze how conservatives and progressives perceive each other and think of the other side's views on issues on the Korean Peninsula. It appears to be assumed that progressives believe that conservatives think in the ways that have been confirmed through either public opinion polls or existing studies, and similarly that conservatives presume progressives' beliefs as commonly thought. In other words, findings from public opinion polls and existing studies are assumed to be the perceptions of the other side held by both progressives and conservatives. This study seeks to empirically verify this hypothesis. Specifically, this study presents an empirical analysis of the stereotypes of conservatives and progressives, the attitudes towards issues on the Korean Peninsula of each side, and which attitudes are thought to be held by both conservatives and progressives on issues on the Korean Peninsula, and also discusses the policy implications of these findings.2)