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Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours

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  • Includes rare insights into North Korean communities living in North Korea
  • Explores fishing histories from the perspective of critical geography
  • Adopts a rare transnational approach to explore developmental communities in North East Asia
  • Applies theories from non-human/more than human studies in relation to North Korea

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Table of contents (7 chapters)


About this book

This open access book explores the histories and geographies of fishing in North Korea and the surrounding nations. With the ideological and environmental history of North Korea in mind, the book examines the complex interactions between local communities, fish themselves, wider ecosystems and the politics of Pyongyang through the lens of critical geography, fisheries statistics and management science as well as North Korean and more generally Korean and East Asian studies. There is increasing global interest in North Korea, its politics, people and landscapes, and as such, this book describes encounters with North Korean fishing communities, as well as unusual moments in the field in the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). It addresses fish, fishing infrastructure, fishing science and fishing statistics and other non-human elements of North Korean and other nations’ developmental regimes as actors and participants within them as much as humans and their technologies. The book enables readers to gain extensive insights into the aspirations and practices of fishing in North Korea and its neighbours, the navigation of difficult political and developmental situations and changing ecological realities in a time of environmental and climate crisis familiar to many across the globe.

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

    Robert Winstanley-Chesters

About the author

Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters grew up in London, New York and Hamburg before undertaking a degree in Theology at the University of Edinburgh’s Faculty of Divinity, and a Masters degree and Doctorate at the University of Leeds, School of Geography. After completing his PhD, he was appointed a Post-Doctoral Fellow within the 'Beyond the Korean War' Project, funded by the Academy of Korean Studies at the University of Cambridge, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, School of Geography. Robert was also formerly a Research Fellow at Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific working within an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship project. Robert is currently a Lecturer at the University of Leeds and Birkbeck, University of London as well as the Managing Editor of the European Journal of Korean Studies. Robert is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London.

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