Hae Yeon Choo received support from the SSRC as a participant of the Korean Studies Workshop for Junior Faculty (2013) and the Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop (2008), and as a fellow of IDRF (2008).


Decentering Citizenship follows three
groups of Filipina migrants’ struggles to belong in South Korea: factory
workers claiming rights as workers, wives of South Korean men claiming
rights as mothers, and hostesses at American military clubs who are
excluded from claims—unless they claim to be victims of trafficking.
Moving beyond laws and policies, Hae Yeon Choo examines how rights are
enacted, translated, and challenged in daily life and ultimately
interrogates the concept of citizenship.

Choo reveals citizenship
as a language of social and personal transformation within the pursuit
of dignity, security, and mobility. Her vivid ethnography of both
migrants and their South Korean advocates illuminates how social
inequalities of gender, race, class, and nation operate in defining
citizenship. Decentering Citizenship argues that citizenship
emerges from negotiations about rights and belonging between South
Koreans and migrants. As the promise of equal rights and full membership
in a polity erodes in the face of global inequalities, this decentering
illuminates important contestation at the margins of citizenship.

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Publication Details

Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea
Choo, Hae Yeon
Stanford University / Stanford University Press
Publish Date
Choo, Hae Yeon, Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University / Stanford University Press, 2016).