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The Decline of Industrial Area and Its Politics of Development through the Lens of Governmentality: The Abandoned Mine Areas in the Southern Gangwon Province

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2020, 9(2), pp.425-440
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.9.2.13
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : July 31, 2020
  • Accepted : August 17, 2020
  • Published : August 31, 2020

HAKSUNG JUNG 1 Sook-Jin Kim 1

1건국대학교 지리학과

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ABSTRACT

This paper analyses the dynamics of social-political geography of development projects and changing relationships between the national government and local governments of the abandoned mine areas at Gangwon Province through the lens of governmentality. It understands the recent changes in the abandoned mine areas not so much neoliberalization as power-effects of the complicated contexts and relations of Special Act on the Assistance to the Development of Abandoned Mine Areas, Kangwonland Casino, local self-government discourses etc. emerged in the decline of the mine areas. The use of governmentality as an analytic concept provides a starting point to discuss alternatives of the current problems in the abandoned mine areas by tracing and revealing how specific subjectivity is formulated and rationalized.

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