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From Factory Girls to K-Pop Idol Girls

Cultural Politics of Developmentalism, Patriarchy, and Neoliberalism in South Korea’s Popular Music Industry

«Gooyong Kim has written a bracing book on K-pop girl groups. From Factory Girls to K-pop Idol Girls is replete with insights and information not only about K-pop, but also about South Korean economy, society, culture, and psychology. No one interested in a serious study of K-pop should ignore it.»

Focusing on female idols' proliferation in the South Korean popular music (K-pop) industry since the late 1990s, Gooyong Kim critically analyzes structural conditions of possibilities in contemporary popular music from production to consumption. Les mer

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Focusing on female idols' proliferation in the South Korean popular music (K-pop) industry since the late 1990s, Gooyong Kim critically analyzes structural conditions of possibilities in contemporary popular music from production to consumption. Kim contextualizes the success of K-pop within Korea's development trajectories, scrutinizing how a formula of developments from the country' rapid industrial modernization (1960s-1980s) was updated and re-applied in the K-pop industry when the state had to implement a series of neoliberal reformations mandated by the IMF. To that end, applying Michel Foucault's discussion on governmentality, a biopolitical dimension of neoliberalism, Kim argues how the regime of free market capitalism updates and reproduces itself by 1) forming a strategic alliance of interests with the state, and 2) using popular culture to facilitate individuals' subjectification and subjectivation processes to become neoliberal agents. As to an importance of K-pop female idols, Kim indicates a sustained utility/legacy of the nation's century-long patriarchy in a neoliberal development agenda. Young female talents have been mobilized and deployed in the neoliberal culture industry in a similar way to how un-wed, obedient female workers were exploited and disposed on the sweatshop factory floors to sustain the state's export-oriented, labor-intensive manufacturing industry policy during its rapid developmental stage decades ago. In this respect, Kim maintains how a post-feminist, neoliberal discourse of girl power has marketed young, female talents as effective commodities, and how K-pop female idols exert biopolitical power as an active ideological apparatus that pleasurably perpetuates and legitimates neoliberal mantras in individuals' everyday lives. Thus, Kim reveals there is a strategic convergence between Korea's lingering legacies of patriarchy, developmentalism, and neoliberalism. While the current K-pop literature is micro-scopic and celebratory, Kim advances the scholarship by multi-perspectival, critical approaches. With a well-balanced perspective by micro-scopic textual analyses of music videos and macro-scopic examinations of historical and political economy backgrounds, Kim's book provides a wealth of intriguing research agendas on the phenomenon, and will be a useful reference in International/ Intercultural Communication, Political Economy of the Media, Cultural/ Media Studies, Gender/ Sexuality Studies, Asian Studies, and Korean Studies.

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Forlag
Lexington Books
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781498548847
Utgivelsesår
2020
Format
22 x 15 cm

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«Gooyong Kim has written a bracing book on K-pop girl groups. From Factory Girls to K-pop Idol Girls is replete with insights and information not only about K-pop, but also about South Korean economy, society, culture, and psychology. No one interested in a serious study of K-pop should ignore it.»

John Lie, University of California, Berkeley

«With the recent global popularity of K-pop, much has been written about K-pop. Unlike previous works focusing on a micro-scopic and celebratory manner, From Factory Girls to K-pop Idol Girls places K-pop in the wider socio-economic context. It is timely and a landmark study of K-pop. It will be of interest to scholars and students who are eager to read more about critical music studies and cultural industries.»

Dal Yong Jin, Professor, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

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