Base Encounters

Base Encounters : The US Armed Forces in South Korea

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Base Encounters explores the social friction that US bases have caused in South Korea, where the entertainment districts next to American military installations have come under much scrutiny.The Korean peninsula is one of the most heavily militarised regions in the world and the conflict between the North and South is continually exacerbated by the presence of nearly 30,000 US soldiers in the area. Crimes committed in GI entertainment areas have been amplified by an outraged public as both a symbol for, and a symptom of, the uneven relationship between the United States and the small East Asian nation.Elisabeth Schober's ethnographic history scrutinises these controversial zones in and near Seoul. Sharing the lives of soldiers, female entertainers and anti-base activists, she gives a comprehensive introduction to the social, economic and political factors that have contributed to the tensions over US bases in South more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745336051
  • 9780745336053
  • 1,536,001

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'An excellent starting point for anyone interested in how the geopolitical ROK-US relationship plays out in the everyday lives of Koreans and the young Americans sent to `Freedom's Frontier'' -- The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 'With lucid analytic prose and vivid storytelling, Elisabeth Schober shows us that the relationship between the US military and the people of South Korea is much more complex than many previous accounts let on' -- Catherine Lutz 'An excellent contribution to social anthropology and military sociology collections ... Highly Recommended' -- CHOICE 'A very powerful book which deserves a broad readership. Eloquently written, ethnographically rich and theoretically sophisticated' -- Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, and author of 'Small Places, Large Issues' (Pluto, 2015)show more

About Elisabeth Schober

Elisabeth Schober is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, where she is affiliated with the 'Overheating' project. She is also the author of Base Encounters: The US Armed Forces in South Korea (Pluto Press, 2016).show more

Table of contents

Dedication Notes on Text Notes on Transliteration List of Illustrations Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: Violent Imaginaries and Base Encounters in Seoul 2. Capitalism Of The Barracks. Korea's Long March to the 21st Century. 3. 'The Colonized Bodies Of Our Women...' Camptown Spaces as Vital Zones of the National Imagination. 4. Vil(L)E Encounters: Transnational Militarised Entertainment Areas on the Fringes of Korea. 5. It`Aewn's Suspence: Of American Dreams, Violent Nightmares, and Guilty Pleasures in the City 6. Demilitarising The Urban Entertainment Zone?: Hongdae and the US Armed Forces in the Seoul Capital Area 7. Conclusion: Seeds of Antagonism, Children of Discord Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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