On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis

Edited by Jesook Song and Laam Hae

© 2019

This book provides a rich and illuminating account of the peripheries of urban, regional, and transnational development in South Korea. Engaging with the ideas of "core location," a term coined by Baik Young-seo, and "Asia as method," a concept with a century-old intellectual lineage in East Asia, each chapter in the volume discusses the ways in which a place can be studied in an increasingly globalized world. Examining cases set in the Jeju English Education City, anti-poverty and community activist sites, rural areas home to large numbers of migrant women, and Korea’s Chinatowns, greenbelts, and textile factories, the collection develops a relational understanding of a place as a constellation of local and global forces and processes that interact and contradict in particular ways. Each chapter also explores multiple modes of urban marginality and discusses how understanding them shapes the methods of academic praxis for social justice causes and decolonialized scholarship. This book is the outcome of several years of interdisciplinary collaborations and dialogues among scholars based in geography, architecture, anthropology, and urban politics.

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Bridging area and postcolonial studies with the critical political economy of South Korea.

On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis

Edited by Jesook Song and Laam Hae

© 2019

This book provides a rich and illuminating account of the peripheries of urban, regional, and transnational development in South Korea. Engaging with the ideas of "core location," a term coined by Baik Young-seo, and "Asia as method," a concept with a century-old intellectual lineage in East Asia, each chapter in the volume discusses the ways in which a place can be studied in an increasingly globalized world. Examining cases set in the Jeju English Education City, anti-poverty and community activist sites, rural areas home to large numbers of migrant women, and Korea’s Chinatowns, greenbelts, and textile factories, the collection develops a relational understanding of a place as a constellation of local and global forces and processes that interact and contradict in particular ways. Each chapter also explores multiple modes of urban marginality and discusses how understanding them shapes the methods of academic praxis for social justice causes and decolonialized scholarship. This book is the outcome of several years of interdisciplinary collaborations and dialogues among scholars based in geography, architecture, anthropology, and urban politics.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.8in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "On the Margins of Urban South Korea not only provides cutting-edge urban ethnography on South Korea, but also offers a new theoretical paradigm with which to situate knowledge production in relation to South Korea as a ‘core location.’"


    Eleana Kim, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

    "On the Margins of Urban South Korea is an excellent collection of essays that covers urban issues in Korean Studies through the lens of two theoretical concepts: core location and Asia as method. Using rich research based on ethnography, this collection breaks new ground in scholarship by linking these two theoretical concepts to urban issues in Korea."


    Albert L. Park, Department of History, Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies
  • Author Information

    Jesook Song is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.


    Laam Hae is an associate professor in the Department of Politics at York University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Abbreviations

    Introduction: Core Location, Asia as Method, and a Relational Understanding of Places
    Laam Hae, York University and Jesook Song, University of Toronto

    1. The Idea of Chinatown: Rethinking Cities from the Periphery
    Sujin Eom, Dartmouth College

    2. Seeing the Development of Jeju Global Education City from the Margins
    Youjeong Oh, University of Texas at Austin

    3. Against the Construction State: Korean Pro-Greenbelt Activism as Method
    Laam Hae, York University

    4. Marriage Migration as Spatio-Temporal Fix in Pohang’s Post-Industrial Urban Development through Saemaul
    Hyeseon Jeong, University of Newcastle, Australia

    5. "Locations of Reflexivity": South Korean Community Activism and Its Affective Promise for "Solidarity"
    Mun Young Cho, Yonsei University, South Korea

    6. The Education Welfare Project at Pine Tree Hill: A Core Location to Assess Distributional and Transitional Forms of Justice
    Jesook Song, University of Toronto

    7. Situating the Space of Labour: Activism, Work, and Urban Regeneration
    Seo Young Park, Scripps College

    Afterword
    Jesook Song, University of Toronto and Laam Hae, York University

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