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Self-Help is Political: How Organic Farming Creates an Autonomous Space within the South Korean Nation State

Paik, Yon Jae


While a nation state protects its people from other nation states, what protects the people from their own nation state? In raising this question, I have in mind contemporary East Asian societies where rivalry among nation states is used to justify the people’s sacrifices for the nation. I highlight the fact that the East Asian nation states have repressed the spontaneous creation of grassroots communities, and I argue that building small-scale self-help communities is the key for people to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Living Politics of Self-Help Movements in East Asia
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-6337-4_4


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