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Sung, MinKyu
Division of General Studies
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The psychiatric power of neo-liberal citizenship: The North Korean human rights crisis, North Korean settlers, and incompetent citizens

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Title
The psychiatric power of neo-liberal citizenship: The North Korean human rights crisis, North Korean settlers, and incompetent citizens
Author
Sung, MinKyu
Keywords
Citizenship;  Human rights;  Neo-liberal;  North Korea;  Psychiatry;  Refugees
Issue Date
2010-04
Publisher
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS
Citation
CITIZENSHIP STUDIES, v.14, no.2, pp.127 - 144
Abstract
This essay discusses how North Korean settlers in South Korea are engaged in the rubric of neo-liberal citizenship to program the idea of an enterprise of free and autonomous selves. I call into question the psychiatric intervention in the North Korean population deprived of psychological capacities to be autonomous and responsible for their social life. My argument is that the psychiatric diagnosis of strange mental properties presents the criteria of successful assimilation as an antidote to the psychological oppression that North Korean settlers must have experienced, encouraging the South Korean public to tolerate the social deviance of these settlers.
URI
https://scholarworks.unist.ac.kr/handle/201301/9005
DOI
10.1080/13621021003594783
ISSN
1362-1025
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