Women & Gender Studies Institute

Jesook Song

email : jesook.song@utoronto.ca

Accepted “Education Welfare as Investment: A Priority Zone Project in South Korea” for positions: asia critique Gabriella Lukac ed.

In Press “Governmental Entanglements: The Ambiguities of Progressive Politics in Neoliberal Reform in South Korea.” In Ann Anagnost, Andrea Arai, Hai Ren, and Brian Hammer, eds. Global Future in East Asia. Stanford University Press.

In Press Living On Your Own: Single Women, Rental Housing, Post-Revolutionary Affect in Contemporary South Korea.  Albany: SUNY Press (Monograph)

2012 Special Issue: Korea Through Ethnography, Journal of Korean   Studies, Volume 18 and Number 2. (co-guest editor with Nancy Abelmann)

2012  “Positioning Asia in a Global Future?: An Example through Rethinking Finance” positions twentieth anniversary special issue. 20(1): 173-182

2012 Service Economies: Militarism, Sex Work, and Migrant Labor in South Korea (by Jin-Kyung Lee, University of Minnesota Press, 2010) to Journal of Asian Studies (March 2011) 71(2): 561-562 (Book Review)

2011   Shamans, Nostalgias and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion by Laurel Kendall, Anthropological Quarterly. Bibliographical book review 84 (3): 773-777 (Book Review)

2011  “Situating Homelessness in the Post-Developmental Welfare State: The Case of South Korea” Urban Geography. Special issue on global homelessness. Donald Mitchell and Jurgen Von Mahs eds. 32(7): 972-988

2010  New Millennium South Korea: Neoliberal Capitalism and Transnational Movements. London: Routledge. (Edited Volume)

2010  “‘A Room of One’s Own’: The Meaning of Spatial Autonomy for Unmarried Women in Neoliberal South Korea” Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 17(2): 131-149.

2010  Gender and Class in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class edited (by Ruth Barrachlough and Elyssa Faison, Routledge, 2009) to Pacific Affairs 83(4): 799-780. (Book Review)

2010  Welfare Reform and Sexual Regulation (by Anna Marie Smith, Cambridge University Press, 2007) to Feminist Review, 95: 16-18 (Book Review)

2009  South Koreans in Debt Crisis: The Creation of a Neoliberal Welfare Society. Durham: Duke University Press. (Monograph)

2009  “Between Flexible Life and Flexible Labor: The Inadvertent Convergence of Socialism and Neoliberalism in South Korea.” Critique of Anthropology, 29(2): 139-159.

2008  “The Making of ‘Undeserving’ Homeless Women: A Gender Analysis of Homeless Policy in South Korea from 1997 to 2001.” Feminist Review. Summer 2008, 89: 87-102.

2008  “The Seoul Train Station Square and Homeless Shelters: Thoughts on Geographical History Regarding Welfare Citizenship.” In Timothy Tangerlini and Sallie Yea, eds. Sitings: Critical Approaches to Korean Geography. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

2007  “‘Venture Companies,’ ‘Flexible Labor,’ and the ‘New Intellectual’: Neoliberal Construction of Underemployed Youth in South Korea.” Journal of Youth Studies. 10(3): 331-351.

2006  “Family Breakdown and Invisible Homeless Women: Neoliberal Governance during the Asian Debt Crisis in South Korea, 1997-2001.” positions: east asia cultures critique 14(1): 37-65.

2006  “Historicization of Homeless Spaces: The Seoul Train Station Square and the House of Freedom.” Anthropological Quarterly 79(2): 193-223


  • ANT 347 Metropolis: Global Cities
  • EAS 272 Post-War Korean Society and Culture: Through Film and Literature
  • EAS462 Ethnographic Literature on Korea: Class, Gender & Family
  • EAS 303 Technology of Social Engineering: Women in 20th Century East Asia
  • EAS 261 Introduction to Pre-modern Korean Literature
  • HUM199 Types of Intellectuals
  • EALC 267 Introduction to Korean History
  • EALC 261 Women in East Asia
  • Independent Study: Korean Nationalism and Youth Music Culture in Canadian Immigrant Context
  • Independent Study: Gender and Sexuality Theory
  • Independent Study: Discourse Analysis of Chinese Political Culture and Representation



  • ANT 6019 Ethnography of Neoliberalism
  • EAS 1603 Anthropology of South Korea
  • Reading Course: History of Korean Ethnography
  • Reading Course: Ethnographic Literature on Korea: Class, Gender & Family
  • Reading Course: Discourse Analysis of Korean Mass Media
  • Reading Course: Gender, Colonialism and Nationalism
  • Dissertation Workshop on Markets and Modernities in Asia
  • Anthropology and East Asian Studies Professionalization Workshop
  • EAS Graduate Publication Workshop
  • Women Graduate Students’ Professionalization Workshop