We are told, time and again, that North Koreans are loyal to their leader, that they would do anything, even die for him, and that they are fiercely proud and nationalistic. But to an equal extent, we are told that they are oppressed, suffering, and ready to rise against the evil dictator. What do we know beyond or between these opposing assumptions? We are not well equipped with the conceptual tools that could lead us beyond the current securitization of our discourses on North Korea, while undercurrents of regarding North Koreans as less human continue in these discourses. 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 has 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 interested in peace keeping in Korea, Northeast Asia, and beyond.
About the Author
Sonia Ryang is associate professor of anthropology and international studies at the University of Iowa.
Table of ContentsChapter 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 LoveLove'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