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By Valérie Gelézeau, Koen De Ceuster, Alain Delissen

As tensions stay at the Korean peninsula, this publication appears to be like again at the decade of more advantageous inter-Korean family and engagement among 1998 and 2008, referred to now because the ‘Sunshine coverage’ period. relocating past conventional fiscal and political views, it explores how this decade of intensified cooperation either affected and reshaped present actual, social and psychological limitations among the 2 Koreas, and the way this ‘de-bordering’ and ‘re-bordering’ has replaced the respective attitudes in the direction of the opposite.

Based round 3 key subject matters, ‘Space’, ‘People’, and ‘Representations’, this e-book seems on the tangible and intangible components of touch created through North-South engagement through the years of the light coverage. ‘Space’ makes a speciality of the border areas and discusses how the border displays the dynamics of a number of sorts of exchanges and connections among the 2 Koreas, in addition to the hot territorial constructions those have created. ‘People’ addresses concerns in human interactions and social corporations, North Korean defectors within the South, transferring styles of North-South festival within the ‘Korean’ diaspora of post-Soviet crucial Asia, and the particular and actual presence of the opposite in a number of social settings. eventually, ‘Representations’ analyses clone of the opposite Korea because it is produced, circulated, altered/falsified and bought (or no longer) on each side of the Korean border.

The individuals to this quantity draw on a vast spectrum of disciplines starting from geography, anthropology and archaeology, to media reviews, heritage and sociology, to be able to express how the department among North and South Korea features as a necessary matrix for geographical, social and mental buildings on either side of the border. As such, this booklet will attract scholars and students from a number of fields of research, together with Korean experiences, Korean tradition and society, and diplomacy extra largely.

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When inter-Korean dialogue started at the beginning of the 1970s, the Red Crosses of the two countries opened liaison offices in the JSA as well as cross-border phone lines connecting them, thereby ending the era of exclusively military contacts between the two countries. But in August 1976, the so-called “Axe Murder” accident led to the reorganization of the jointly occupied enclave and the construction of a small wall on the MDL to further separate the two parties and prevent such accidents from happening in the future.

Flexible in time, capable of transposition in space and socially diffuse, the concept of the interface makes it possible to think afresh about the subtle and enduring dynamics of Korean division while discarding a far too static vision of the Korean border and its attendant epistemological barriers and political classifications. Interfaces Part one of the book (“Places”) deals with the paradigmatic interface: the border regions. It 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 (enclaves and spatial interstices) these created.

If a change of government and the advent of a pragmatic approach to engagement heralded the start of the “Sunshine era”, political change similarly brought an end to it. In South Korea, the inauguration in February 2008 of conservative President Lee Myung-bak, who had distanced himself from the Sunshine Policy in his election campaign, marked a radical departure from a policy of engagement with the North and eventually led to one of confrontation. In North Korea, change was brought on by Kim Jong Il’s deteriorating health following a stroke in August 2008.

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