Globalization, Social Class, and Hegemonic Masculinity among Young Men in South Korea
Tue, April 8, 2014 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118
Talk by Dr. Seungsook Moon, Vassar College
This paper explores the implications of globalization for “hegemonic masculinity” in contemporary Korea among young men in their twenties and thirties. Specifically, it examines how economic, cultural, and political globalization has generated conditions for altering experiences of hegemonic masculinity among these men. Because these young men are not internally homogeneous, I will focus on the following two groups of young men: the white-collar middle class and the blue-collar working class. Based on studies of lives of these social groups, I analyze how specific social and economic conditions of these social groups may counteract such potential for the modification of hegemonic masculinity among these young men. Based on this comparative analysis and discussion, I intend to illuminate how masculinity as an individual identity and a (relational) location in the social structure of gender is being remade and reproduced in the complex interplay of global and local factors.
Ms. Moon's research interests lie in political and cultural sociology of gender in East Asia with the specific focus on South Korea. She has published numerous articles on gender and citizenship, collective memories, civil society, democratization, and social movements, globalization, military service, and nationalism. She is the author of Militarized Modernity and Gendered Citizenship in South Korea (Duke University Press, 2005; reprint 2007) and a coeditor (with Maria Hoehn) and contributor of "Over There": Living with the U.S. Military Empire (Duke University Press, 2010).