S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Dept. of Anthropology (인류학과) Korean Anthropology Review Korean Anthropology Review Vol.3 (2019)
From Undocumented Migrant Workers to Migrant Media Activists: A Case Study of MWTV Migrant Media Activists
- Jung, Sungshin
- Issue Date
- Korean Anthropology Review, Vol.3, pp. 175-210
- This article was originally published in 2012 in 『비교문화연구』 [Cross-cultural studies] 18(1): 35-78; Translated into English by Hannah Kim.
* This article is based on my master’s thesis ( Jeong Seongsin [ Jung Sungshin] 2010), which has been edited and supplemented for the purpose of this publication. I extend my gratitude to the scholars who anonymously offered an in-depth critique of this writing. However, I was not able to fully incorporate their suggestions in this article and any academic deficiency that might be found here falls solely on my shoulders.
- Exclusion of and discrimination against migrant workers in South Korea have long been popular research topics for anthropologists and other social scientists. Whereas earlier research focused on the status of migrant workers as minorities and their exclusion from mainstream Korean society, this article examines how long-term migrant workers have adapted to South Korean culture, what kinds of qualifications and opportunities they have gained in South Korea, and how their lifeworlds changed as a result. While exploring how and in what contexts the South Korean nation-state realized and executed violence on migrant workers, the analysis turns to how migrant media activists resisted this violence through protests and media productions. By illustrating the activities of migrant media activists and their production of media contents, the article argues that the lives of migrant workers have been equally shaped by the biopolitics against migrant workers in Korean society and the identity politics of migrants’ struggles to be recognized as social beings.