Base Encounters: The US Armed Forces in South Korea - Anthropology, Culture and Society (Paperback)
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Base Encounters: The US Armed Forces in South Korea - Anthropology, Culture and Society (Paperback)

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Published: 20/04/2016
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Base Encounters explores the social friction that US bases have caused in South Korea, where the entertainment districts next to American military installations have come under much scrutiny.

The Korean peninsula is one of the most heavily militarised regions in the world and the conflict between the North and South is continually exacerbated by the presence of nearly 30,000 US soldiers in the area. Crimes committed in GI entertainment areas have been amplified by an outraged public as both a symbol for, and a symptom of, the uneven relationship between the United States and the small East Asian nation.

Elisabeth Schober's ethnographic history scrutinises these controversial zones in and near Seoul. Sharing the lives of soldiers, female entertainers and anti-base activists, she gives a comprehensive introduction to the social, economic and political factors that have contributed to the tensions over US bases in South Korea.

Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745336053
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 303 g
Dimensions: 215 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A very powerful book which deserves a broad readership. Eloquently written, ethnographically rich and theoretically sophisticated' - Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, and author of 'Small Places, Large Issues' (Pluto, 2015)

'An excellent contribution to social anthropology and military sociology collections ... Highly Recommended' - CHOICE

'With lucid analytic prose and vivid storytelling, Elisabeth Schober shows us that the relationship between the US military and the people of South Korea is much more complex than many previous accounts let on' - Catherine Lutz

'An excellent starting point for anyone interested in how the geopolitical ROK-US relationship plays out in the everyday lives of Koreans and the young Americans sent to 'Freedom's Frontier' - The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

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