North of the DMZ (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
358
Utgivningsdatum
2007-05-01
Förlag
McFarland & Co Inc
Illustrationer
62 photographs
Dimensioner
230 x 150 x 20 mm
Vikt
480 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
423:B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on White w/Matte Lam
ISBN
9780786428397

North of the DMZ

Essays on Daily Life in North Korea

Häftad,  Engelska, 2007-05-01
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The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea for over 60 years. Most of that period has found the country suffering under mature Stalinism characterized by manipulation, brutality and tight social control. Nevertheless, some citizens of Kim Jong Il's regime manage to transcend his tyranny in their daily existence. This book describes that difficult but determined existence and the world that the North Koreans have created for themselves in the face of oppression. Many features of this world are unique and even bizarre. But they have been created by the citizens to reflect their own ideas and values, in sharp contrast to the world forced upon them by a totalitarian system. Opening chapters introduce the political system and the extent to which it permeates citizens' daily lives, from the personal status badges they wear to the nationalized distribution of the food they eat. Chapters discussing the schools, the economic system, and family life dispel the myth of the workers' paradise that North Korea attempts to perpetuate. In these chapters the intricacies of daily life in a totalitarian dictatorship are seen through the eyes of defectors whose anecdotes constitute an important portion of the material. The closing chapter treats at length the significant changes that have taken place in North Korea over the last decade, concluding that these changes will lead to the quiet but inevitable death of North Korean Stalinism.
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"if anything is missing here, it's probably not worth knowing...well written, comprehensive and relevatory...valuable"--School Library Journal; "deserves ongoing mention and recommendation as a powerful survey...must have this rare insider's look at the North Korean psyche"--Midwest Book Review; "we are obliged to Lankov for this insight...Lankov is one of the most illuminating North Korea watchers around...uniquely perceptive...especially good on the details of everyday life"--The New York Review of Books; "offers an intriguing and informative peek into North Korea through the lens of daily life"--Pacific Affairs; "valuable...a detailed description of North Korean life...one of the best guides to the daily life of North Koreans available in English"--Korean Quarterly.

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Andrei Lankov is a senior lecturer at the Australian National University.

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table of contents

preface   1

part 1. leaders dear and great...   7

Part 2. In Times of Propaganda   33

Part 3. The Arts and the Media   49

Part 4. The Workers’ Paradise? The Social Structure of the DPRK   66

Part 5. Pyongyang   77

Part 6. Daily Lives   96

Part 7. Recreation and Fashion   115

Part 8. Family Matters   125

Part 9. All Things Which Move   141

Part 10. Big Brother Is Watching   170

Part 11. How Does the System Work?   190

Part 12. Schools   212

Part 13. It’s Economics...   219

Part 14. Foreign Affairs   241

Part 15. On Spying, Smuggling and Kidnapping   256

Part 16. North Koreans Overseas, Foreigners in North Korea   278

Part 17. Defectors   286

Part 18. The Unnoticed Death of North Korean Stalinism   305

in lieu of conclusion: with a bang, or with a whimper?   327

Further Reading   331

Index   337