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  • On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis
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  • Edited by Jesook Song and Laam Hae
  • 2019
  • Published by: University of Toronto Press
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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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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Editors' Note
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  1. List of Abbreviations
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  1. Introduction: Core Location, Asia as Method, and a Relational Understanding of Places
  2. Laam Hae and Jesook Song
  3. pp. 3-20
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  1. 1 The Idea of Chinatown: Rethinking Cities from the Periphery
  2. Sujin Eom
  3. pp. 21-42
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  1. 2 Seeing the Development of Jeju Global Education City from the Margins
  2. Youjeong Oh
  3. pp. 43-64
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  1. 3 Against the Construction State: Korean Pro-greenbelt Activism as Method
  2. Laam Hae
  3. pp. 65-88
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  1. 4 Marriage Migration as Spatio-Temporal Fix in Pohang's Post-Industrial Urban Development through Saemaul
  2. Hyeseon Jeong
  3. pp. 89-113
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  1. 5 "Locations of Reflexivity": South Korean Community Activism and Its Affective Promise for "Solidarity"
  2. Mun Young Cho
  3. pp. 114-137
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  1. 6 The Education Welfare Project at Pine Tree Hill: A Core Location to Assess Distributional and Transitional Forms of Justice
  2. Jesook Song
  3. pp. 138-162
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  1. 7 Situating the Space of Labour: Activism, Work, and Urban Regeneration
  2. Seo Young Park
  3. pp. 163-186
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  1. Afterword
  2. Jesook Song and Laam Hae
  3. pp. 187-192
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  1. Contributors
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