This thesis is an attempt to analyse publishing critically, in keeping with
the current preoccupation with the phenomenon of 'globalisation'. The primary
concern of this thesis is to systemise and elaborate a theoretical frame for the
study of international publishing by looking into the following major research
I. How can we apply the concept of globalisation which has recently dominated
discussion in the social sciences in analysing international publishing?
2. What are the major factors which influence contemporary international
publishing that have resulted in an uneven intellectual structure?
3. As a case study of these issues what is the publishing situation in Korea in
relation to the international publishing scene?
In explicating these three research questions, the thesis combines a
theoretical review with a field study.
Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.