The Production of Territory in North Korea: 'Security First, Economy Next'

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One of the prevalent stereotypes about North Korea is that it is the world's most isolated country. This view derives from North Korea's ruling ideology - juche - which calls for territorial isolation from external influences. For this reason, any territorial strategy like the introduction of special economic zones is generally regarded as an inevitable economic choice forced upon it. However, I argue that it is not that North Korea has no choice but to open its territory due to economic suffering but that North Korea's own territorial imperative, 'security first, economy next,' determines how it produces territory. To do so it deploys various territorial strategies such as de-bordering, re-bordering, and zoning. In this sense, North Korea's production of territory manifests Jean Gottmann's idea of territory first as shelter for security and next as a springboard for opportunity.
Publisher
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS
Issue Date
2014-01
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

SOVEREIGNTY; STATE

Citation

GEOPOLITICS, v.19, no.1, pp.206 - 226

ISSN
1465-0045
DOI
10.1080/14650045.2013.847432
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/207046
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HSS-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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