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Webinar: Resilient Peripheralization through Authoritarian Communication Against Energy Democracy in South Korea
November 11, 2020
with So Young Choi
To understand anti-democratic barriers to accomplishing energy democracy, I examine how and why a centralized energy system can maintain itself based on an ethnographic analysis of the local protest of Miryang against the Korea Electric Power Corporation’s construction of a 765,000-volt transmission line. Explaining the element of authoritarian communication in South Korean environmental politics, I highlight the active roles of citizens to contest socio-environmental inequalities as a precondition to building a sustainable energy democracy.
Su Young Choi is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Stetson University. She examines media and communication in the context of social movement by employing qualitative methods like ethnography, in-depth interviews, and textual and discourse analysis. She is interested in understanding the relationship between cultural transformation and socio-environmental inequality and injustice.
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