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Gyeongbu Expressway: Political Economic Geography of Mobility and Demarcation

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Authors
Choi, Byung-Doo
Issue Date
2012
Publisher
Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
Citation
Korean Social Sciences Review(KSSR), Vol.2 No.2, pp. 181-218
Keywords
Gyeongbu HighwayGeo-strategy of transportAutomobilityNon-placeMachine spaceUneven Regional DevelopmentKorea
Description
Translated from the article published in Journal of the Economic Geographical Society of Korea Vol.13, No.3, 2010 with permission from The Economic Geographical Society of Korea.
Abstract
This paper examines the Gyeongbu (Kyŏngbu) Expressway construction from the standpoint of the political economy pursued by President Park Chung-Hee (Pak Chŏng-hŭi) in the 1960s.

Specifically, I examine the politics of mobility and demarcation. I will argue that Gyeongbu Expressway was a powerful symbol to promote the socio-spatial integration of the population which enforced the authoritative political power of the Park regime through the creation of mobility. Moreover, it has had a strong impact on changing the physical landscape of national space and the spatio-temporal rhythm of everyday life by extending the ‘machine space’ as a non-place. Finally, it has provided a physical infrastructure through which the capital’’s circulation could be reduced. But Gyeongbu Expressway has also led to serious problems such as uneven regional development, the expansion of non-place or alienated place, ecological destruction and pollution. In conclusion, a sustainable politics is suggested to overcome this kind of “tragedy of highway” to develop a highway as an integration and balance of politics and space.
ISSN
2234-4039
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/79839
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