A room of one's own’: the meaning of spatial autonomy for unmarried women in neoliberal South Korea

This article explores the experiences of single South Korean women in their late twenties to late thirties in their pursuit of an independent living space. Looking at the struggles of these women to acquire ‘a room of one's own’, I first argue that the process of their spatial independence reveals the problematic inherent in South Korea's heterosexually marriage-centered housing and loan-lending structure. Applying Foucault's theorization of the technologies of the self that are instrumental to liberal governmentality, and Marxist theories of labor and finance capital in late capitalism, this ethnographic study engages in a broad discussion of changes in subjectivity and structure that take place under conditions of neoliberalism. 

Publication Date: 
2010
Publisher(s): 
Taylor & Francis Online
Pages: 
131-149
Volume: 
17
Issue: 
2
Journal Name: 
Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography
Location: 
South Korea