North Korea

North Korea : Toward a Better Understanding

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This volume attempts to multiply the angles from which we can look at North Korea by reassessing the international environment in which it is placed, the process of production of its culture, and the historical paths it followed. Due to the new approach the volume takes, reading these pages will be an eye-opening experience not only for experts, but also for lay readers and anyone who is interested in peace keeping in Korea, Northeast Asia, and beyond.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739132059
  • 9780739132050

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: North Korea: Going Beyond Security and Enemy Rhetoric Chapter 2 Chapter 1. North Korea and the Birth Pangs of a New Northeast Asian Order Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Socialism, Sovereignty, and the North Korean Exception Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Biopolitics, or, the Logic of Sovereign Love-Love's Whereabouts in North Korea Chapter 5 Chapter 4. The Split Screen: Sin Sang-ok in North Korea Chapter 6 Chapter 5. The Politics of Unification and Neoliberal Democracy Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Refugees, Abductees, "Returnees": Human Rights in Japan-North Korea Relations
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It is always 'the North Korean nuclear problem' to our media, taking all of its cues from Washington, not North Korea as a country of twenty-three million human beings with whom we have been at war since 1950, not North Korea and American relations with it as a subject worthy of serious investigative journalism, not a North Korea that Washington might get many things wrong about, much as it did Iraq. In this volume readers will find a number of absorbing essays that depart from this opaque, uninformative, and ultimately uninterested consensus. North Korea: Toward a Better Understanding is a timely and courageous book that offers an alternative view of this isolated nation that is simultaneously so distant and unknown, and so close to an enemy that has been just across its southern border for 60 years: us. -- Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago; author of The Origins of the Korean War
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About Sonia Ryang

Sonia Ryang is associate professor of anthropology and international studies at the University of Iowa.
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