Congratulations to Laam Hae (Politics) on her new co-edited book, On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis (University of Toronto Press, 2020). Professor Hae and her co-editor, Jesook Song (University of Toronto), also contribute chapters. YCAR is pleased to have supported the book in its earlier stages through workshop funding.
The book’s seven authors provide rich and illuminating accounts 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.
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