Unfolding dispositifs: Attempts at digital business education in North Korea

Thomas Wainwright, Ewald Kibler, Will Scott, Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

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Scholars have drawn attention to educational spaces as sites of contestation and struggle. Researchers have increasingly scrutinised the power structures and relations that shape educational spaces, particularly in the mobilisation of education to further the economic competitiveness of nation-states. Adopting a dispositif lens, our ethnographic study examines digital business education in a North Korean university. In doing so, we uncover the unstable interplay between a dispositif of paternalist care and a dispositif of discipline, which are both required by the regime to control the development of new digital capabilities, examining the techniques used to develop and restrict digital education. In conclusion, our paper develops new understanding of how digital capabilities, through education, are simultaneously enabled and constrained, and how dispositifs differentially unfold across space
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Early online date26 Feb 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Feb 2024

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