Blog | Feldzugang

1. Dezember 2023

Chasing the Elephant: Grasping “Digitalization” in Rural Everyday Life in South Korea

Jae-Young Lee | Sungwon Ryu

During their two-month fieldwork stay in South Korea, researchers Jae-Young Lee and Sungwon Ryu aimed to investigate how the use of digital tools in new economies, such as tourism or e-commerce, influences residents’ spatial imaginations and practices. While accessing the field, the term “digitalization” proved to be a contested touchstone, challenging our understanding of “the digital” itself. This report sheds light on how this pursuit of a mysterious phenomenon shaped their research in the process.