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The Gendered Politics of the Korean Protestant Right: Hegemonic Masculinity

Publisher: , 2016
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Presents a timely and important feminist analysis of the Korean Protestant Right

Brings a transnational perspective to a theo-politically conservative movement

First scholarly work to uncover and discuss the politics of the Father School, the anti-LGBT movement, and Islamophobia as they relate to the Korean Protestant Right

This book provides a critical feminist analysis of the Korean Protestant Right’s gendered politics. Specifically, the volume explores the Protestant Right’s responses and reactions to the presumed weakening of hegemonic masculinity in Korea’s post-hypermasculine developmentalism context. Nami Kim examines three phenomena: Father School (an evangelical men’s manhood and fatherhood restoration movement), the anti-LGBT movement, and Islamophobia/anti-Muslim racism. Although these three phenomena may look unrelated, Kim asserts that they represent the Protestant Right’s distinct yet interrelated ways of engaging the contested hegemonic masculinity in Korean society. The contestation over hegemonic masculinity is a common thread that runs through and connects these three phenomena. The ways in which the Protestant Right has engaged the contested hegemonic masculinity have been in relation to “others,” such as women, sexual minorities, gender nonconforming people, and racial, ethnic, and religious minorities.

Nami Kim is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Spelman College, USA. Her co-edited volume (with Wonhee Anne Joh), Critical Theology against U.S. Militarism in Asia, is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan. Kim serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.

Source: publisher’s website


  • The Resurgence of the Protestant Right in the Post-Hypermasculine Developmentalism Era
  • “When Father Is Restored, Family Can Be Reestablished”: Father School
  • “Homosexuality Is a Threat to Our Family and the Nation”: Anti-LGBT Movement
  • “Saving Korean Women from (Im)migrant Muslim Men”: Islamophobia

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