The State's Sexuality: Prostitution and Postcolonial Nation Building in South Korea (Asia Pacific Modern #20) (Hardcover)

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The State's Sexuality uncovers how the lives and work of women engaged in prostitution, long considered the most abased members of society, have been strategically intertwined with the lofty purpose of building South Korea's postcolonial nation-state. Through a complicated, contradictory patchwork of laws and regulations, which Park Jeong-Mi conceptualizes as a "toleration-regulation regime," the South Korean state did not merely exclude sex workers from ordinary citizenship; it also mobilized them for national security, national development, and the making of a gendered citizenry. In the process, the newly independent state was constructed, augmented, and consolidated. Sex workers often protested such draconian policies and sometimes utilized state apparatuses to get recognition as citizens. Based on expansive, meticulous archival research and sophisticated interpretation of historical records and women's voices, Park rewrites the dynamic history of South Korea from 1945 to the present through the lens of prostitution.

About the Author


Park Jeong-Mi is Associate Professor of Sociology at Chungbuk National University, South Korea.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780520396456
ISBN-10: 0520396456
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: August 6th, 2024
Pages: 290
Language: English
Series: Asia Pacific Modern