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.

part |27 pages


chapter |25 pages

Korean Culture and Society

A global approach
ByYouna Kim

part I|76 pages

Formation of Korea

chapter 1|17 pages

Compressed Modernity in South Korea

Constitutive dimensions, manifesting units, and historical conditions
ByChang Kyung-Sup

chapter 2|15 pages

Militarized Modernity and Gendered Mass Mobilization

BySeungsook Moon

chapter 3|13 pages

The Socioeconomic Foundations of South Korea’s Democracy Movement

ByJoan E. Cho, Paul Y. Chang

chapter 4|15 pages

The Seventy-Year History of North Korean Cultural Formation

ByMeredith Shaw, David Kang

chapter 5|14 pages

Religion in Twenty-First Century Korean Lives

ByDon Baker

part II|72 pages

Transforming Korea

chapter 6|12 pages

The Muddled Middle Class in Globalized South Korea

ByHagen Koo

chapter 7|15 pages

South Korean Youth Across Three Decades

ByHaejoang Cho, Jeffrey Stark

chapter 8|15 pages

The Korean Family in Transition

ByJohn Finch, Seung-kyung Kim

chapter 10|15 pages

North Korea Now

Turning point for a regime of rightlessness?
ByMorse Tan

part III|66 pages

Digital Korea

chapter 11|14 pages

How to Understand the Emergence of Digital Korea

ByDal Yong Jin

chapter 13|12 pages

South Korean Cinema Story in the Digital Age

21st-century success on a 20th-century medium?
ByKyung Hyun Kim

chapter 14|13 pages

Digital Media and Democratic Transition in Korea

ByKi-Sung Kwak

chapter 15|12 pages

Digital Media and the Rise of Connected Individuals in Korea

ByEun-mee Kim

part IV|66 pages

Global Korea

chapter 16|10 pages

Korean Diaspora and Diasporic Nationalism

ByJohn Lie

chapter 17|14 pages

An Overview of Korean American Women’s Writing

“Skin upon skin”
ByElaine H. Kim

chapter 18|14 pages

The Korean Wave

Korean popular culture in a digital cosmopolitan world
ByYouna Kim

chapter 19|14 pages

K-Pop Music and Transnationalism

ByMichael Fuhr

chapter 20|12 pages

Transnational Sport and Expressions of Global Koreanness

ByRachael Miyung Joo