Engineers for Korea

Engineers for Korea

Kyonghee Han, Gary Lee Downey
ISBN: 9781627050760 | PDF ISBN: 9781627050777
Copyright © 2015 | 197 Pages | Publication Date: 06/01/2014

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What does it mean to be an engineer in the Republic of Korea (South Korea)? This book takes an extensive look at the history of engineering in Korea and details the emergence of engineering education and practices; how engineers have been trained and where they tend to work; and the reasons behind the creation of new categories of technical workers including engineers.

Engineers for Korea was written to help Korean engineers reflect and critically analyze the specific challenges they have experienced in seeking to become an engineer and working as an engineer. In doing so, it is meant to teach effective working relationships with others who define problems differently.

It is not an in-depth history, but an examination of the past to better understand what emerged into the present. It is for engineers, both Korean and non-Korean, who seek to become better critical analysts of their own expertise, identitites, and commitments. It is also meant for researchers who serve as critical participants in the making of engineers and puzzle of the contents and effects of techno-national formation.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
What Are Korean Engineers For
Five Koreas Without Korean Engineers: 1876-1960
Technical Workers for Light Industry: 1961-1970
Engineers for Heavy and Chemical Industries: 1970-1979
Loss of Privilege and Visibility: 1980-1998
Engineers for a Post-Catch-Up Korea?
Engineers and Korea
Author Biographies

About the Author(s)

Kyonghee Han, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
Kyonghee Han received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Yonsei University and is now an assistant professor in the Engineering Education Innovation Center at Yonsei University. She teaches Engineering and Society and Engineering Ethics in the College of Engineering. She has conducted research on how the social roles and identities of engineering and engineers have formed and changed. Her recent research examines how engineers have recognized and changed their sense of social responsibility in relation to a series of technological controversies that have taken place in Korea. She also develops and operates various programs to promote the innovation of engineering curricula.

Gary Lee Downey, Virginia Tech
Gary Downey is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology Studies and affiliated professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech. A mechanical engineer (B.S., Lehigh) and cultural anthropologist (Ph.D., University of Chicago), he is the author of The Machine in Meand co-editor of Cyborgs and Citadels and What Is Global Engineering Education For? He edits the Engineering Studies Series (MIT Press), Global Engineering Series (Morgan & Claypool Publishers), and Engineering Studies journal (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). He is co-founder of the International Network for Engineering Studies, as well as founder of the Engineering Cultures course. He serves as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science (2013-2015).

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