A well-conceived and coherently structured anthology, Jesook Song and Laam Hae's edited volume On the Margins of Urban South Korea will be a welcome addition to Korean studies. Taking two critical concepts, “Asia as method” and “core location” by Chen Kuan-Hsing and Baik Young-seo, respectively, as principal guiding epistemes, the book provides a new account of marginalized subjects in contemporary South Korea. While most of the contributors maintain empirical, ethnographic methodology, they also reassess the two aforementioned critical concepts, endeavoring to actualize these rather abstract concepts in the context of “praxis.”

As the introduction eloquently illustrates, with Chen's “Asia as method,” authors attempt to decolonize and de-imperialize knowledge production on Asia and to inter-reference locally and transnationally intertwined relations, problems, and marginality, while also practicing caution about the “spatial fetishism” of Asia (p. 9). At the same time, in an effort to critique postcolonial urban paradigms focusing on “discursive challenges...

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