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  • Curative Violence: Rehabilitating Disability, Gender, and Sexuality in Modern Korea

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  • Acknowledgments  vii
    Introduction. Folded Time and the Presence of Disability  1
    1. Unmothering Disability  42
    2. Cure by Proxy  81
    3. Violence as a Way of Loving  122
    4. Uninhabiting Family  166
    5. Curing Virginity  197
    Conclusion. How to Inhabit the Time Machine with Disability  323
    Notes  235
    Bibliography  269
    Index  285
  • Winner, 2017 Alison Piepmeier Award, presented by the National Women's Studies Association

  • Curative Violence is an exceptional accomplishment in Korean studies, disability studies, and the history of East Asian medicine. It also stands out as a product of sincere dedication by those who have struggled to achieve sustainable and nonviolent living conditions for everyone in Korean society.”

    "In this brilliant and necessary book, Eunjung Kim analyzes the deployment of illness and disability in modern Korea, carefully tracing how cure and rehabilitation are used in the service of the nation. Kim's concepts of "curative violence" and "cure by proxy" describe the violent effects of cure and rehabilitation broadly defined, revealing the integral and mutually constitutive role of gender, disability, and sexuality norms in cure ideology and practices. From start to finish, Curative Violence is an exceptional work of transnational feminist disability studies scholarship, and is essential reading not only for those interested in disability studies, but also for anyone studying transnational feminist theory, postcolonial studies, gender and sexual violence, and women's and gender studies more broadly."

    "One of the greatest merits of Curative Violence is that the author tries to avoid the traps in examining disability and cure in non-western cultures. Rather, the author would like to ask us to reconsider current biomedical technology, socio-economic norms, and values across cultures that use violence to overcome or cure disabilities, which are made unrecognisable and invisible in the name of cure."

    "Kim interrogates the intersections of disability, illness, gender, sexuality, and cure by analyzing Korean cultural representations of disability from the past century. She makes a compelling case for understanding cure as 'based on complicated social and familial negotiations that occur beyond an individual’s desire or volition.' . . . The cultural representations Kim analyzes are sweeping in their scope, and she narrates them with sensitivity and a theoretical rigour that lays bare societal divisions and power hierarchies."

    "[Kim's] approach proves powerful and convincing, drawing upon additional source materials through film and documentary in the post-colonial era. . . . She calls not just for a re-envisioning of the medical community, but an entirely different South Korean society, one distinct from the hyper-capitalist form emerging out of the Korean War."

    "A brilliant piece of intersectional, transnational, and interdisciplinary scholarship that situates the harms that accompany cure-based ideologies and practices within historical and contemporary Korean political contexts. . . . Curative Violence, both its structure and content, is written in an approachable manner, which makes it a must-read for undergraduate students and established scholars alike."
     

    "Beautifully written and critically engaging, Curative Violence is well organized and supported, drawing from approaches in gender, sexuality, disability, and postcolonial studies in its analysis of visual media, legal codes, and print texts. . . . It is also deeply unsettling, as it is intended, so that we remain neither complacent nor complicit."

    "A brilliant piece of intersectional, transnational, and interdisciplinary scholarship that situates the harms that accompany cure-based ideologies and practices within historical and contemporary Korean political contexts. . . . Groundbreaking."

    "Kim’s contribution is unique in English-language Korean studies not just because she attends to issues of disability and ableism, but also because she deftly interweaves feminist and queer concerns into her inquiry into the political and cultural effects of disability in Korea."

    “Eunjung Kim’s work shines in the brilliance of its analysis. Highly recommended for scholars working at the intersections of disability studies, modern Korean cultural history, and gender studies.”

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  • Winner, 2017 Alison Piepmeier Award, presented by the National Women's Studies Association

  • Reviews

  • Curative Violence is an exceptional accomplishment in Korean studies, disability studies, and the history of East Asian medicine. It also stands out as a product of sincere dedication by those who have struggled to achieve sustainable and nonviolent living conditions for everyone in Korean society.”

    "In this brilliant and necessary book, Eunjung Kim analyzes the deployment of illness and disability in modern Korea, carefully tracing how cure and rehabilitation are used in the service of the nation. Kim's concepts of "curative violence" and "cure by proxy" describe the violent effects of cure and rehabilitation broadly defined, revealing the integral and mutually constitutive role of gender, disability, and sexuality norms in cure ideology and practices. From start to finish, Curative Violence is an exceptional work of transnational feminist disability studies scholarship, and is essential reading not only for those interested in disability studies, but also for anyone studying transnational feminist theory, postcolonial studies, gender and sexual violence, and women's and gender studies more broadly."

    "One of the greatest merits of Curative Violence is that the author tries to avoid the traps in examining disability and cure in non-western cultures. Rather, the author would like to ask us to reconsider current biomedical technology, socio-economic norms, and values across cultures that use violence to overcome or cure disabilities, which are made unrecognisable and invisible in the name of cure."

    "Kim interrogates the intersections of disability, illness, gender, sexuality, and cure by analyzing Korean cultural representations of disability from the past century. She makes a compelling case for understanding cure as 'based on complicated social and familial negotiations that occur beyond an individual’s desire or volition.' . . . The cultural representations Kim analyzes are sweeping in their scope, and she narrates them with sensitivity and a theoretical rigour that lays bare societal divisions and power hierarchies."

    "[Kim's] approach proves powerful and convincing, drawing upon additional source materials through film and documentary in the post-colonial era. . . . She calls not just for a re-envisioning of the medical community, but an entirely different South Korean society, one distinct from the hyper-capitalist form emerging out of the Korean War."

    "A brilliant piece of intersectional, transnational, and interdisciplinary scholarship that situates the harms that accompany cure-based ideologies and practices within historical and contemporary Korean political contexts. . . . Curative Violence, both its structure and content, is written in an approachable manner, which makes it a must-read for undergraduate students and established scholars alike."
     

    "Beautifully written and critically engaging, Curative Violence is well organized and supported, drawing from approaches in gender, sexuality, disability, and postcolonial studies in its analysis of visual media, legal codes, and print texts. . . . It is also deeply unsettling, as it is intended, so that we remain neither complacent nor complicit."

    "A brilliant piece of intersectional, transnational, and interdisciplinary scholarship that situates the harms that accompany cure-based ideologies and practices within historical and contemporary Korean political contexts. . . . Groundbreaking."

    "Kim’s contribution is unique in English-language Korean studies not just because she attends to issues of disability and ableism, but also because she deftly interweaves feminist and queer concerns into her inquiry into the political and cultural effects of disability in Korea."

    “Eunjung Kim’s work shines in the brilliance of its analysis. Highly recommended for scholars working at the intersections of disability studies, modern Korean cultural history, and gender studies.”

  • "Eunjung Kim helps us imagine a future that embraces disability not simply as something to fix, but as an intrinsic and even beautiful part of humanity—a critical approach encouraging Koreans and others around the world to reorient our inherited notions of 'health' and 'well-being.' With theoretical vigor and clarity, Curative Violence makes a bold, unique, and well-articulated intervention into disability studies, Korean studies, gender and sexuality studies, and beyond." — Todd A. Henry, author of, Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945

    "From its opening pages, Eunjung Kim's book is both striking and demanding. Ambitious in its analytical breadth and topical scope, it impressively delivers on its elaboration of curative violence. Kim's examination of South Korean biopolitical conditions in relation to cure sets an excellent example for transnational disability studies at large, and has lessons for an impressively broad range of readers." — Mel Y. Chen, author of, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect

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  • Description

    In Curative Violence Eunjung Kim examines what the social and material investment in curing illnesses and disabilities tells us about the relationship between disability and Korean nationalism. Kim uses the concept of curative violence to question the representation of cure as a universal good and to understand how nonmedical and medical cures come with violent effects that are not only symbolic but also physical. Writing disability theory in a transnational context, Kim tracks the shifts from the 1930s to the present in the ways that disabled bodies and narratives of cure have been represented in Korean folktales, novels, visual culture, media accounts, policies, and activism. Whether analyzing eugenics, the management of Hansen's disease, discourses on disabled people's sexuality, violence against disabled women, or rethinking the use of disabled people as a metaphor for life under Japanese colonial rule or under the U.S. military occupation, Kim shows how the possibility of life with disability that is free from violence depends on the creation of a space and time where cure is seen as a negotiation rather than a necessity.

    About The Author(s)

    Eunjung Kim is Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Disability Studies at Syracuse University.
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