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Human Geographical Research on Urban Agriculture: A Literature Review

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2018, 7(2), pp.215-228
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.7.2.7
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : July 15, 2018
  • Accepted : August 8, 2018

Jae-Youl Lee 1

1충북대학교 지리교육과

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Urban agriculture is becoming a popular phenomenon and its policy relevance is increasing in Korea, but little research has been undertaken among human geographers in the country. Existing literature has yet to propose any analytical focus and direction adequate to specific circumstances of Korean urban agriculture. This article is designed to address the knowledge gap by reviewing related literature published in English. Through a broad examination of the literature, the concept of urban agriculture is clarified and cross-national and inter-regional diversity in terms of emergent contexts, institutional settings, and practice types are also outlined and compared in the beginning. Then, a more focused review of human geographic literature helps finding that researchers are immersed in place, territoriality, and scalar politics. These studies make an important contribution to the understanding of urban agriculture’s political potentials and limits, but their over-emphasis on place, territoriality, scalarity acts as an hindrance to the examination of how the emergence and the evolution of urban agriculture is influenced by the circulation of knowledge, information, technology, policy, and associated political processes. In this context, this article calls for a shift of analytical attention towards relational politics beyond place/territorial/scalar politics. Such an analytical reframing is particularly important to Korea because trans-local/transnational benchmarking and associated politics of competition, contestation, and negotiation have been crucial to the recent resurgent of urban agriculture in the country.

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