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a new theoretical concept that I call ‘Altruistic Political Imagination’ (API), which seeks to describe North Korean women’s human rights activism more aptly than existing concepts around imagination and altruism. This framework is an ongoing development built on my previous work on North Korean human rights activism ( Lim, 2021 ). Borrowing from Goodson (2010) , Collins and Stockton (2018 , p 3) present theories as stories, which ‘attempt to explain phenomena logically and meaningfully, often following narrative structures’. Consistent with this, I

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appears to be impossible to realize at present; and its ability to enable empathy, with activists putting themselves in someone else’s shoes. These creative, future-oriented and relational dimensions are key in motivating women defectors to participate in and continue their activism, notwithstanding their knowledge and understanding of the difficulties facing them and other North Koreans. More specifically, what I call Altruistic Political Imagination (API) encapsulates multiple dimensions that spur people into collective and political action, based on their desire to

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Human Rights Violations and Activism
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Recent North Korean diaspora has given rise to many female refugee groups fighting for the protection of women’s rights.

Presenting in-depth accounts of North Korean women defectors living in the UK, this book examines how their harrowing experiences have become an impetus for their activism. The author also reveals how their utopian dream of a better future for fellow North Korean women is vital in their activism.

Unique in its focus on the intersections between gender, politics, activism and mobility, Lim's illuminating work will inform debates on activism and human rights internationally.

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challenges arising from studying the experiences of North Korean women defectors. Fourthly, I intend to fill the gap by developing a theoretical concept, Altruistic Political Imagination (API), founded on the narratives of these activists about their motivators for activism. API refers to imagination that arises in association with politics and political movement in the interests of others, and it envisions a better future for a particular society or community. This act of imagining better future lives for other people becomes the principal driver of individual and

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