publication . Doctoral thesis . 2017

K- Popping: Korean Women, K-Pop, and Fandom

Kim, Jungwon;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Korean popular music (hereafter K-pop) can be understood as an inclusive cultural phenomenon. K-pop fandom constitutes a sizeable portion of this phenomenon and is characteristic, to a large degree, of K-pop culture. However, female fans, especially in Korea, are frequently disdained in mainstream Korean culture, and their fandom has been undervalued and derided. Challenging this negative view of female fans, I autoethnographically examine Korean female K-pop fandom, based on my field research in Korea from August 2015 to September 2016, and from the end of December 2016 to early January 2017. I first introduce and explain various Korean slang expressions descri...
free text keywords: Music, Cultural anthropology, Gender studies, Fandom, Female fandom, Korea, Korean females, Korean popular music, K-pop
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