1st Edition

De-Bordering Korea Tangible and Intangible Legacies of the Sunshine Policy

    256 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As tensions remain on the Korean peninsula, this book looks back on the decade of improved inter-Korean relations and engagement between 1998 and 2008, now known as the ‘Sunshine Policy’ era. Moving beyond traditional economic and political perspectives, it explores how this decade of intensified cooperation both affected and reshaped existing physical, social and mental boundaries between the two Koreas, and how this ‘de-bordering’ and ‘re-bordering’ has changed the respective attitudes towards the other.

    Based around three key themes, ‘Space’, ‘People’, and ‘Representations’, this book looks at the tangible and intangible areas of contact created by North-South engagement during the years of the Sunshine Policy. ‘Space’ focuses on the border regions and discusses how the border reflects the dynamics of multiple types of exchanges and connections between the two Koreas, as well as the new territorial structures these have created. ‘People’ addresses issues in human interactions and social organizations, looking at North Korean defectors in the South, shifting patterns of North-South competition in the ‘Korean’ diaspora of post-Soviet Central Asia, and the actual and physical presence of the Other in various social settings. Finally, ‘Representations’ analyses the image of the other Korea as it is produced, circulated, altered/falsified and received (or not) on either side of the Korean border.

    The contributors to this volume draw on a broad spectrum of disciplines ranging from geography, anthropology and archaeology, to media studies, history and sociology, in order to show how the division between North and South Korea functions as an essential matrix for geographical, social and psychological structures on both sides of the border. As such, this book will appeal to students and scholars from numerous fields of study, including Korean studies, Korean culture and society, and international relations more broadly.

    Introduction  Part I: Places 1. Life on the Lines: People and Places on the Korean Border, Valérie Gelézeau 2. Crossing the Border: South Korean Tourism to Mount Kŭmgang, Christian J. Park 3. Heritage Management in the Kaesŏng Special Economic Zone, Élisabeth Chabanol 4. Swinging Borders: the Sino-Korean Border During the Sunshine Policy, Sébastien Colin  Part II: People 5. North Korean Defector Activism and South Korean Politics, Danielle Chubb 6. The Hard Life of North Korean Migrants in South Korean Society, Éric Bidet 7. Confronting Korean Identities in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan, Eunsil Yim  Part III: Representations 8. Facts or Acts? Korean News Agencies Reporting on Inter-Korean Relations, Perrine Fruchart-Ramond 9. South Korea’s Encounter with North Korean Art: Between Barbershop Painting and True Art, Koen De Ceuster 10. Sleeping with the (Northern) Enemy: South Korean Cinema and the Autistic Interface, Benjamin Joinau 11. The End of Romanticism? Teaching the ‘Other’ Korea in the Sunshine Era, Alain Delissen Postscript: Debordering, Rebordering, Unbordering, Charles K. Armstrong


    Valérie Gelézeau is Associate Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris), and Director of EHESS' Center for Korean Studies.

    Koen De Ceuster is Associate Professor at the Centre for Korean Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands

    Alain Delissen is Korean Foundation Professor of Korean Studies (Modern History) at EHESS, Paris and current director of its China, Korea, Japan CNRS Joint-Lab. He also teaches at Geneva University, Switzerland.

    "What is attractive about this volume is that it provides sorely needed information in a condensed format. Chapters are very short, and can easily be digested in an hour." - Sem Vermeersch, Associate Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, Seoul National University