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Contextualizing accumulation by dispossession: the state and high-Rise apartment clusters in Gangnam, Seoul

Sonn, Jung Won and Shin, Hyun Bang (2018) Contextualizing accumulation by dispossession: the state and high-Rise apartment clusters in Gangnam, Seoul. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. ISSN 1467-8306 (In Press)

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Abstract

In an effort to contribute to the current discussion on accumulation by dispossession (ABD), we propose that it is necessary to take a closer attention to the link between the state and ABD. Such an attention is necessary because, as we show in our review of the existing literature, each of the existing definitions of ABD has its own theoretical weaknesses. Rather than look for a better definition, we propose contextualizing ABD within the institutionalization of the process of replacing communal property rights with private property rights. In such institutionalization, the state plays a critical role as the final guarantor of property rights. As such, the sociospatial specificities of the state would strongly influence how ABD unfolds. In the empirical part of this paper, we use this approach to examine the emergence of apartment-dominated residential landscapes in Gangnam District, Seoul, in the 1970s.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/raag20/current
Additional Information: © 2018 American Association of Geographers
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 15:18
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 06:58
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/91408

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