Class Conflict and Empathetic Society in Korea: Crisis Management in the COVID-19 Era

한국 계층갈등의 지형과 공감사회: 코로나 시대의 극복방안

  • Suh, Moon-Gi (Department of Information Sociology, Soongsil University)
  • 서문기 (숭실대학교 정보사회학과)
  • Received : 2020.09.22
  • Published : 2020.09.30


This study attempts to identify the structure of class conflict in Korea and to suggest an alternative framework for a empathetic society. The objective and subjective level of satisfaction with life and class consciousness are in direct proportion, and status consistency signifies polarization. Distorted distribution structures and cultural values make income disparity and property disputes widen, which in turn lead to educational divides and status fixations, refracting or blocking the possibility of social mobility. By overcoming the COVID-19 crisis, it is not appropriate to go back to the past but to correct wrong consciousness and practices in the past, and the consistency between the state and members of society must be re-established. Through the process of innovation at the economic, global, and digital level, a major transformation is required in the new normal era, which prioritizes social development for human values. The conflict resolution depends on the solidarity of the community as a social foundation, since an empathetic society needs the trust and communication of the members of the society.


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