Socialist Living in North Korea, 1953–65

Lecture

Speaker(s)

Andre Schmid

Date and Time

April 22, 2014 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

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Location

Philippines Conference Room

In the immediate postwar period, when very real limits on the power of the party-state remained and the population was still recovering from the dislocations of the war, the socialist promise of what in North Korea came to be known as the ‘new living’ became the subject of much ideological and material investment on the part of a wide spectrum of actors. Yet the construction of such ‘new living’ was certainly not straightforward. This paper analyzes political anxieties that emerged over worker dormitory life, tensions surrounding consumption in a growing economy, and worries about the comforts of family life offered by new fangled apartments.

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