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Assimilating SeoulJapanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945$
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Todd A. Henry

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276550

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276550.001.0001

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Civic Assimilation

Civic Assimilation

Sanitary Life in Neighborhood Keijō

(p.130) Chapter 4 Civic Assimilation
Assimilating Seoul

Todd A. Henry

University of California Press

This chapter examines how seasonal cleanups and other neighborhood campaigns aimed to link the health of individual bodies to that of the larger collective. It argues that police enforcement of sanitary regulations and popular resistance to biomedical treatments produced considerable obstacles in institutionalizing a viable system of public health. In response, Japanese colonialists anxiously demonstrated that expatriates warded off contagious diseases far less successfully than allegedly less hygienic Koreans, while Korean nationalists eagerly exposed how the latter succumbed to death at a comparatively higher rate than the former. Although neither campaign managed to cure the diseased city, their combined efforts cast an increasingly wide net of power across the Keijō's neighborhoods, one that few subalterns could ever fully escape.

Keywords:   neighborhood life, public health, sanitation, hygiene, contagious disease, biomedicine, folk medicine

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