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Urban Agriculture Governance Assemblage in Seoul: A Formative Phase in the Early 2010s

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2020, 9(2), pp.359-375
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.9.2.9
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : May 29, 2020
  • Accepted : July 6, 2020
  • Published : August 31, 2020

Jae-Youl Lee 1

1충북대학교 지리교육과

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ABSTRACT

This article is concerned with a governance configuration that enabled the resurgence of urban agriculture in Seoul during the early 2000s. For the purpose of tracing and unveiling the formation process of urban agriculture governance, the idea of ‘assemblage’ is utilized to resist structuralist imperatives on the one hand, and understand on the other how particular humans, nonhuman actors, organizations and institutions, knowledges, events, and geographies co-produce governing actions and functions in the city. It is found in this study that urban agriculture governance assemblage effective to Seoul consists of such heterogenous but symbiotic elements as distant knowledge and practices in motion, knowledgeable civil society and its active involvement in social networking, leadership visions, and adaptive bureaucracy. The presence of relational governance assemblage suggests that non-territorial flows and connections are as much influential as territorially defined institutions and politics. That said, more analytical attentiveness to topological relationalities may help enrich our understanding of urban governance and policy formation in more general.

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