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From Dialectic of Nature to the Asian Mode: A Pre-history of North Korean Environmental Approach

Winstanley-Chesters, Robert

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North Korea is not a nation or field that attracts a great deal of critically minded analysis which would address the processes and moments of its ideological history. This is especially true when it comes to matters of North Korea’s relationship with nature and the environment, and the ideologies which underpin developmental and productive strategies within that nation. The routes which Marxist analysis in general took to connect to the Korean Peninsula are themselves fairly obscure and rarely...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWinstanley-Chesters, Robert
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-22T04:00:39Z
dc.date.available2016-12-22T04:00:39Z
dc.identifier.issn1045-5752
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/111451
dc.description.abstractNorth Korea is not a nation or field that attracts a great deal of critically minded analysis which would address the processes and moments of its ideological history. This is especially true when it comes to matters of North Korea’s relationship with nature and the environment, and the ideologies which underpin developmental and productive strategies within that nation. The routes which Marxist analysis in general took to connect to the Korean Peninsula are themselves fairly obscure and rarely considered. This paper therefore seeks an examination of the generation of Marxist analysis of nature and of those modes of production which encounter, transform and interact with natural and environmental forms. It considers the work of both Engels and Marx on the subject before tracing the journey those theorisations took into the practices and articulations of later Marxists, communists and socialists tasked with applying Marxist principles more widely in the processes of nation building and governance. In particular, it analyses notions of an Asian Mode of Production and the debate in Marxist circles as to that mode’s veracity and utility. It also encounters briefly the work of Karl Wittfogel, a counter-Marxist theoretician, and his notion of Hydraulic Economy. Finally, the paper traces the journey made by these theoretical structures into the intellectual world of the Korean Peninsula, navigating the debates it generated among early Korean Marxist intellectuals and their embedding or otherwise within the ideological structures and processes of North Korea.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research for this paper has received generous support from the Australian Research Council project [grant number FL120100155] “Informal Life Politics in the Remaking of Northeast Asia: From Cold War to Post-Cold War” and the Academy of Korean Studies [grant number AKS-2010-DZZ-3104] during Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters’ Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Beyond the Korean War Project (University of Cambridge).
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.rights© 2016 The Center for Political Ecology
dc.sourceCapitalism Nature Socialism
dc.subjectNorth Korea
dc.subjectdialectic of nature
dc.subjectAsian mode of production
dc.subjecthydraulic economy
dc.subjectMarx and Engels
dc.subjectKarl Wittfogel
dc.titleFrom Dialectic of Nature to the Asian Mode: A Pre-history of North Korean Environmental Approach
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume27
dc.date.issued2016
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWinstanley-Chesters, R., School of Culture History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FL120100155
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage46
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage63
local.identifier.doi10.1080/10455752.2016.1189944
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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