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Leader Symbols and Personality Cult in North Korea

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ISBN: 9781138831421
Author(s): Jae-cheon Lim
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Dimensions: 243 x 0 x 163 (w x l x h)
Pages: 150
Series: Routledge Advances In Korean Studies

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The legitimacy of the North Korean state is based solely on the leaders' personal legitimacy, and is maintained by the indoctrination of people with leader symbols and the enactment of leadership cults in daily life. It can thus be dubbed a 'leader state'. The frequency of leader symbols and the richness and scale of leader-symbol-making in North Korea are simply unrivalled. Furthermore, the personality cults of North Korean leaders are central to people's daily activity, critically affecting their minds and emotions. Both leader symbols and cult activities are profoundly entrenched in the institutions and daily life, and if separated and cancelled, the North Korean state would be transformed. This book analyses North Korea as a 'leader state', focusing on two elements, leader symbols and cult activities. It argues that these elements have been, and continue to be, the backbone of North Korea, shaping North Korean culture. To reveal the 'leader state' character, the book specifically examines North Korea's leadership cults, its use of leader symbols in these cults, and the nature of the symbolism involved. How has the North Korean state developed the cult of the Kim Il Sung family?
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