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Perspectives on Contemporary Korea (Series)

Perspectives on Contemporary Korea is devoted to scholarship that advances the understanding of critical issues in contemporary Korean society, culture, politics, and economy. The series is sponsored by The Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan.

Series Editors
Youngju Ryu, University of Michigan, Director of the Nam Center for Korean Studies


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Critically Capitalist

The Spirit of Asset Capitalism in South Korea

An ethnography of South Korea’s lay investors and aspiring millionaires that demonstrates how South Korea’s capitalism thrives on its critiques

The Postdevelopmental State

Dilemmas of Economic Democratization in Contemporary South Korea

Examining the struggle to align high-growth economic models with the egalitarian promises of democracy

Mediating the South Korean Other

Representations and Discourses of Difference in the Post/Neocolonial Nation-State

Offers a new framework for understanding ethnic and racial difference in Korea

Korean Families Yesterday and Today

Twelve chapters, portraying diverse aspects of the contemporary Korean families and showing how they have come to have their current shapes

Rediscovering Korean Cinema

The first comprehensive volume examining the state, stakes, and future direction of Korean cinema studies.

Revisiting Minjung

New Perspectives on the Cultural History of 1980s South Korea

Foremost scholars of 1980s South Korea bring new perspectives on this pivotal period, expanding the horizons of Korean cultural studies by reassessing old conventions and adding new narratives

Entrepreneurial Seoulite

Culture and Subjectivity in Hongdae, Seoul

A lucid narration of post-financial crisis urbanism in Seoul and the vivid experiences of living through the city in transition

Cultures of Yusin

South Korea in the 1970s

A broad range of scholars explores the many avenues of cultural production during the Yusin period, casting new light on how it challenged and conformed to the ambitions of the state power

Transgression in Korea

Beyond Resistance and Control

Challenges our understanding of transgression— its causes, goals, and motives— across a comprehensive reading of South Korean media

Smartland Korea

Mobile Communication, Culture, and Society

An engaging and comprehensive look at the Korean smartphone industry and culture

Hallyu 2.0

The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media

The first scholarly volume to investigate the impact of social media and other communication technologies on the global dissemination of the Korean Wave