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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2009

ANS 361 • Capitalism, Consumption, and Civil Society in Korea

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31125 T
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
PAR 203

Course Description

This is a course about contemporary social and political life in urban South Korea—to use a complex and problematic concept, about Korean modernity. It focuses on present conditions and their historical background: on capitalism and development from the colonial era (1910-1945) to the present, on the perspectives of workers, white-collar employees, and students over time, on the lifestyles of the new middle class, and on the struggle for democracy and its aftermath. We will read ethnographies of corporations, factory work, consumption, and activism, as well as accounts of popular culture and changing gender systems and roles. We will also watch several recent films and examine other visual materials.

Grading Policy

Ten (10) 1-page reading reactions 20% (2% each) One "super-short" (2-3 pp.) paper 5% One midterm paper (5-6 pp.) 25% One final paper (6-8 pp.) 30% Class presentation on readings/film 10% Class participation/attendance 10%


Laura C. Nelson, Measured Excess. Nancy Abelmann, The Melodrama of Mobility. Denise Potrzeba Lett, In Pursuit of Status. Chi-Yun Shin and Julian Stringer, New Korean Cinema.


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