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Communication, Digital Media, and Popular Culture in Korea: Contemporary Research and Future Prospects

From the publisher’s website:

In recent decades, Korean communication and media have substantially grown to become some of the most significant segments of Korean society. Since the early 1990s, Korea has experienced several distinctive changes in its politics, economy, and technology, which are directly related to the development of local media and culture. Korea has greatly developed several cutting-edge technologies, such as smartphones, video games, and mobile instant messengers to become the most networked society throughout the world. As the Korean Wave exemplifies, the once small and peripheral Korea has also created several unique local popular cultures, including television programs, movies, and popular music, known as K-pop, and these products have penetrated many parts of the world. As Korean media and popular culture have rapidly grown, the number of media scholars and topics covering these areas in academic discourses has increased. These scholars’ interests have expanded from traditional media, such as Korean journalism and cinema, to several new cutting-edge areas, like digital technologies, health communication, and LGBT-related issues. In celebrating the Korean American Communication Association’s fortieth anniversary in 2018, this book documents and historicizes the growth of growing scholarship in the realm of Korean media and communication.

Dal Yong Jin is professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University.

Nojin Kwak is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies and director of the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan.


Introduction: Review and Future Prospect of Korean Communication Research | Dal Yong Jin and Nojin Kwak

Part I: Institutionalization of Korean Communication

  1. Communication Theory: Recounting Forty Years of Communication Research:
    A Scholarly Mosaic of the Korean American Communication Association | Jeong-Nam Kim, Yu Won Oh, and Narae Kim
  2. Communication Law in Korea: A Topic for Global Research | Kyu Ho Youm, Yoonmo Sang, and Ahran Park
  3. Political Economy of the Korean Media Industry | Shin Dong Kim

Part II: Communication Systems

  1. Political Communication of Korea in the ICT Era: Triadic Interactions among Government, Media, and the Public | Seok Kang, Yeojin Kim, and Chang Sup Park
  2. Korean Journalism: From Partners of Political Power to Adversarial Agents of Social Change | Hun Shik Kim
  3. Communication and Technology | Namkee Park

Part III: Public Communication

  1. A Survey of Health Communication Scholarship on Korea: Breadth, Depth, and Trends of Published Research | Hye-ryeon Lee, Hye-Jin Paek, and Minsun Shim
  2. A Review of Korea-Related Advertising Research | Yongick Jeong and Yeuseung Kim
  3. The Development and Trends of Public Relations Research, Theory, and Practice in Korea | Jae-Hwa Shin

Part IV: Digital Media

  1. Digital Media and Culture in Korea | Kyong Yoon
  2. Game Studies in the Age of Digital Korea | Dal Yong Jin
  3. Urban Communication and Community Studies: Korean Communication Scholars’ Perspectives | Yong-Chan Kim
  4. Visual Communication: Photojournalism and Beyond | Yung Soo Kim

Part V: Cultural Studies

  1. Intercultural Communication: Challenges of Studying “Korean” Culture and Communication in Globalizing World | Min-Sun Kim
  2. Sports Communication | Younghan Cho and Ji-Hyun Ahn
  3. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies | Ji Hoon Park
  4. Hallyu: Korean Wave Media Culture in a Digital Age | Youna Kim
  5. From National to Transnational: A Historiography of Korean Cinema | Hye Seung Chung

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