The Eco-Village/Community Movement in Korea
There are environmental concerns emerging that are developing sustainable solutions, whilst the existing socio-economic model is experiencing the limits to growth. Industrial-consumer society must face up to the urgent need of radical change due to the catastrophic environmental problems we have faced recently. Powerless individuals in a rapidly changing world seek for alternative ways of life as a rejection of mainstream social values. Current practicing form of alternative living movement in Korea involves to a great degree of environmental awareness and action influenced by Korean Buddhist philosophy. My research will focus on the Eco-village/community movement and follow a case-study approach using participant observation and in-depth interview methods in Korea.
Keywords: Eco-village/community Movement in Korea, Environmental ethics in Buddhist philosophy
Ms So-Young Lee
PhD candidate, Sociology Department, Essex University