The Seoul Olympics : economic miracle meets the world


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The 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul were a coming out party for South Korea – a culmination of its efforts to be recognized as an accomplished economic power and a serious international actor. The South Korean leadership undoubtedly looked for accelerated economic growth as well as heightened national consciousness (including awareness of sporting cultures). Yet, the run-up to and the actual hosting of the games also had a dramatic impact on both South Korea's domestic politics, as it became a factor in the struggle for democratization, and its external relations, most specifically with North Korea and its erstwhile allies. While there were economic benefits and a more subtle impact on South Korean society, national pride, collective memory and sporting culture, it is these political legacies that have been the most profound.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1939-1952
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of the History of Sport
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

Bibliographical note

Part of the research for this survey was supported by a research grant, DS06A3, from the Social Sciences Research and Postgraduate Studies Panel of Lingnan University, Hong Kong.


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