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South Korea, Games, Elementary Education, Social Grouping
South Korean culture has always negotiated between hierarchy and egalitarianism, and never more so than in the last seventy years after regaining independence. This thesis examines how a class of first grade students navigate between these two seeming opposites through an analysis of the games they played and how they played them. The competition between the students provides insight into how the games between both friends and non-friends create peer groups of shared interests and values in the class. The varied influences of different games are examined, and two specific cases of games creating organizational change are analyzed. This analysis reveals that the South Korean system of hierarchical egalitarianism is not a spectrum along which students move depending on context, but instead a synthesis of the two value systems which creates a complex social network among student peers.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jones, Jordan, "Games and Social Organization Among Korean Students" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 67.