Mesomobilization and the June Uprising: Strategic and Cultural Integration in Pro-democracy Movements in South Korea

  • Chulhee ChungEmail author
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The June Uprising in South Korea in 1987 serves as an example of successful coalition building efforts among social movement organizations. The concept of mesomobilization is drawn on in order to investigate the collaboration of movement organizations. The mesomobilization core actor, or the group in charge of coordination of individual social movement organizations, provides the structural basis for mobilization by connecting groups with each other. This group collects the resources required for action, and works to achieve cultural integration of the various movement groups by developing a common frame of meaning. The case of the June Uprising in South Korea demonstrates that the establishment of coordinating centers with common symbols aided in the achievement of structural and cultural integration among individual movement organizations. This movement integration served to increase the mobilization potential in the country and contributed to the massive uprising.


Social Movement Movement Organization Opposition Party United Movement Social Movement Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyChonbuk National UniversityJeonjuSouth Korea

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