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

part I|76 pages

Formation of Korea

part II|72 pages

Transforming Korea

part III|66 pages

Digital Korea

part IV|66 pages

Global Korea

chapter 17|14 pages

An Overview of Korean American Women’s Writing

“Skin upon skin”

chapter 18|14 pages

The Korean Wave

Korean popular culture in a digital cosmopolitan world

chapter 19|14 pages

K-Pop Music and Transnationalism