De-Bordering Korea: Tangible and Intangible Legacies of the by Valérie Gelézeau, Koen de Ceuster, Alain Delissen

By Valérie Gelézeau, Koen de Ceuster, Alain Delissen

As tensions stay at the Korean peninsula, this booklet appears again at the decade of enhanced inter-Korean kin and engagement among 1998 and 2008, referred to now because the ‘Sunshine Policy’ period. relocating past conventional financial and political views, it explores how this decade of intensified cooperation either affected and reshaped current actual, social and psychological limitations among the 2 Koreas, and the way this ‘de-bordering’ and ‘re-bordering’ has replaced the respective attitudes in the direction of the other.

dependent round 3 key issues, ‘Space’, ‘People’, and ‘Representations’, this publication appears to be like on the tangible and intangible components of touch created by way of North-South engagement through the years of the light coverage. ‘Space’ makes a speciality of the border areas and discusses how the border displays the dynamics of a number of different types of exchanges and connections among the 2 Koreas, in addition to the hot territorial constructions those have created. ‘People’ addresses concerns in human interactions and social corporations, North Korean defectors within the South, moving styles of North-South pageant within the ‘Korean’ diaspora of post-Soviet relevant Asia, and the particular and actual presence of the opposite in a number of social settings. eventually, ‘Representations’ analyses clone of the opposite Korea because it is produced, circulated, altered/falsified and obtained (or now not) on both sides of the Korean border.

The participants to this quantity draw on a wide spectrum of disciplines starting from geography, anthropology and archaeology, to media experiences, background and sociology, in an effort to exhibit how the department among North and South Korea capabilities as an important matrix for geographical, social and mental constructions on each side of the border. As such, this ebook will attract scholars and students from quite a few fields of analysis, together with Korean reviews, Korean tradition and society, and diplomacy extra widely.

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