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Routledge Handbook of Korean Culture and Society

From the publisher’s website:

The Routledge Handbook of Korean Culture and Society is an accessible and interdisciplinary resource that explores the formation and transformation of Korean culture and society.

Each chapter provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking overview on key topics, including: compressed modernity, religion, educational migration, social class and inequality, popular culture, digitalisation, diasporic cultures and cosmopolitanism. These topics are thoroughly explored by an international team of Korea experts, who provide historical context, examine key issues and debates, and highlight emerging questions in order to set the research agenda for the near future.

Providing an interdisciplinary overview of Korean culture and society, this Handbook is an essential read for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well scholars in Korean Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, and Asian Studies in general.


Introduction – Korean culture and society: a global approach | Youna Kim

PART I Formation of Korea

  1. Compressed modernity in South Korea: constitutive dimensions, manifesting units, and historical conditions | Chang Kyung-Sup
  2. Militarized modernity and gendered mass mobilization | Seungsook Moon
  3. The socioeconomic foundations of South Korea’s democracy movement | Joan E. Cho and Paul Y Chang
  4. The seventy-year history of North Korean cultural formation | Meredith Shaw and David Kang
  5. Religion in twenty-first century Korean lives | Don Baker

PART II Transforming Korea

  1. The muddled middle class in globalized South Korea | Hagen Koo
  2. South Korean youth across three decades | Haejoang Cho and Jeffrey Stark
  3. The Korean family in transition | John Finch and Seung-kyung Kim
  4. Immigrant subempire, migrant labor activism, and multiculturalism in contemporary South Korea | Jin-kyung Lee
  5. North Korea now: turning point for a regime of rightlessness? | Morse Tan

PART III Digital Korea

  1. How to understand the emergence of digital Korea | Dal Yong Jin
  2. Modern Korean literature and cultural identity in a pre- and post-colonial digital age | Dafna Zur
  3. South Korean cinema story in the digital age: 21st-century success on a 20th-century medium? | Kyung Hyun Kim
  4. Digital media and democratic transition in Korea | Ki-Sung Kwak
  5. Digital media and the rise of connected individuals in Korea | Eun-mee Kim

PART IV Global Korea

  1. Korean diaspora and diasporic nationalism | John Lie
  2. An overview of Korean American women’s writing: “skin upon skin” | Elaine H. Kim
  3. The Korean Wave: Korean popular culture in a digital cosmopolitan world | Youna Kim
  4. K-Pop music and transnationalism | Michael Fuhr
  5. Transnational sport and expressions of global Koreanness | Rachael Miyung Joo

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