Chapter

Representing the New Country

in Korea

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226753645
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226753669 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226753669.003.0007
Representing the New Country

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Since 1953 Korea has been split into two separate political regimes. North Korea is a closed totalitarian society having limited contact with the outside world, a fragile economy, and a unique foreign policy that makes it a pariah in the global community of nations. South Korea has become a more democratic society and an important player in the global economy, increasingly inserted into global flows of capital, ideas, and people. This chapter examines how the two countries are represented by others and by themselves. The contemporary cartographic representation of Korea, both North and South, highlights two broader themes, the first of which is that the globalization of space involves incorporating nations and states into a global mapping project. The second theme is that the mapping of the countries draws on a more universal cartographic language.

Keywords: North Korea; South Korea; maps; mapping

Chapter.  2285 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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