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Lost Souls: Stories

Lost Souls: Stories 136 The Journal of Korean Studies generality. Why should we care about the KTX controversy? This question and its potential answers often become occluded as we move through the minutiae of the political maneuverings of the multiple interests and spokespeople involved. Overall, this rigorous study provides a valuable point of departure for scholars who have some familiarity with ANT , but for those who may be new to this meth­ odology and its terms, some of Oppenheim's constructions and formulations may be difficult to parse. For Koreanists, this book off ers a necessary intervention into contemporary social science scholarship that often focuses on urban Seoul, less and less frequently on rural villages, and almost never on secondary cities like Kyongju. And Oppenheim makes a compelling case for considering Kyongju as a place con­ tinually constituted out of complex networks of relations among people and things that does not implicitly assume state-centered globalism and Seoul-centric society as the most relevant contexts for understanding contemporary South Korea. REVI EWED BY ELEANA KIM UN IV ERSITY OF ROC HESTER NO TE I. Robert Oppenheim, "Act or-Netw ork Theory and Anthr opology After Sc ience, Technol ogy, and Society ," Anthropological Theory 7, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Studies Duke University Press

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Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
ISSN
0731-1613
eISSN
2158-1665
DOI
10.1215/07311613-15-1-136
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Abstract

136 The Journal of Korean Studies generality. Why should we care about the KTX controversy? This question and its potential answers often become occluded as we move through the minutiae of the political maneuverings of the multiple interests and spokespeople involved. Overall, this rigorous study provides a valuable point of departure for scholars who have some familiarity with ANT , but for those who may be new to this meth­ odology and its terms, some of Oppenheim's constructions and formulations may be difficult to parse. For Koreanists, this book off ers a necessary intervention into contemporary social science scholarship that often focuses on urban Seoul, less and less frequently on rural villages, and almost never on secondary cities like Kyongju. And Oppenheim makes a compelling case for considering Kyongju as a place con­ tinually constituted out of complex networks of relations among people and things that does not implicitly assume state-centered globalism and Seoul-centric society as the most relevant contexts for understanding contemporary South Korea. REVI EWED BY ELEANA KIM UN IV ERSITY OF ROC HESTER NO TE I. Robert Oppenheim, "Act or-Netw ork Theory and Anthr opology After Sc ience, Technol ogy, and Society ," Anthropological Theory 7,

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Journal of Korean StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Sep 10, 2010

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