Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies

Jesook Song

Professor Song holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She is a South Korean specialist, trained in socio-cultural anthropology and women/gender/sexuality studies. Her interests include (neo)liberalization, policing family, homelessness, young adult’s unemployment, residential autonomy of unmarried women, psychological health support system, speculations, care labor, social movement, and migrations. She has a monograph, edited volume, and various journal publications in positions, Anthropological Quarterly, Critique of Anthropology, Feminist Review, Gender Place and Culture, and Journal of Youth Studies.

Jesook Song’s homepage

Selected Publications:

Forthcoming “Positioning Asia in a Global Future?: An Example through Rethinking Finance” positions: asia critique

Forthcoming Ethnography of Contemporary Korea, Special issue of Journal of Korean Studies, co-edited with Nancy Abelmann.

Forthcoming “Situating Homelessness in the Post-Developmental Welfare State: The Case of South Korea” Urban Geography

Forthcoming “Governmental Entanglements: The Ambiguities of Progressive Politics in Neoliberal Reform in South Korea” inGlobal Future in East Asia Stanford: Stanford University Press

2010 New Millennium South Korea: Neoliberal Capitalism and Transnational Movements. ed. by Jesook Song London: Routledge.

2010 Gender and Class in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class edited (by Ruth Barrachlough and Elyssa Faison, Routledge, 2009) to Pacific Affairs 83(4): 799-780

2010 Welfare Reform and Sexual Regulation (by Anna Marie Smith, Cambridge University Press, 2007) to Feminist Review,95: 16-18

2010 “‘A Room of One’s Own’: The Meaning of Spatial Autonomy for Unmarried Women in Neoliberal South Korea” Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 17(2): 131-149

2009 “Between Flexible Life and Flexible Labor: The Inadvertent Convergence of Socialism and Neoliberalism in South Korea”Critique of Anthropology. 29(2): 139-159

2009. South Korea in the Debt Crisis: The Creation of a Neoliberal Welfare Society. Durham: Duke University Press.

2008. “The Making of ‘Undeserving’ Homeless Women: A Gender Analysis of Homeless Policy in South Korea from 1997 to 2001.” Feminist Review. 89(1): 87-101.

2007. “‘Venture Companies,’ ‘Flexible Labor,’ and the ‘New Intellectual’: Neoliberal Construction of Underemployed Youth in South Korea.” Journal of Youth Studies. 10(3): 331-351.

2006. “Family Breakdown and Invisible Homeless Women: Neoliberal Governance during the Asian Debt Crisis in South Korea 1997-2001” Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 14(1):37-65.

2006. “Historicization of Homeless Spaces: The Seoul Train Station Square and the House of Freedom.” Anthropological Quarterly 79(2): 193-223.