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"Korea is currently witnessing huge social change with unprecedented divorce rates and the disintegration of the traditional family system. Fusing audience research and ethnography, Women, Television and Everyday Life in Korea presents a compelling account of women's changing lives and identities in relation to the impact of the most popular media culture in everyday life - television." Within the historically specific social conditions of Korean modernization Youna Kim analyzes how Korean women of varying age and class groups cope with the new environment of changing economic structures and social relations. The central arguments presented revolve around the revelatory and self-reflexive nature of TV talk and its function as a form of empowerment. The book argues that television is an important resource for women, stimulating them to research their own lives and identities. Youna Kim reveals Korean women to be creative, energetic and critical audiences in their responses to evolving modernity and the impact of the West.
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'In this interesting book, Youna Kim investigates the impact of television on the everyday lives and identities of South Korean women.' - Political Studies Review

'Women, Television and Everyday Life in Korea is illuminating, demonstrating that identities are fluid, personal, multiple and subject to change in women today. The book is easily readable, enjoyable and well-organised.' - Media, Culture and Society

'The book will no doubt contribute to paving the way for more research on, and theoretical approaches to, understanding the social world of Korean women and their everyday lives.'- Media, Culture and Society

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Meet the Author

Youna Kim is Lecturer in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Table of Contents

1 Women, television and everyday life 3
2 The socio-economic position of women in Korea 26
3 The body, TV talk and emotion 44
4 Living in the traditional way 57
5 Coping and adapting : family life in transition 80
6 Yearning for change : the younger generation 102
7 Older women in control : power and domesticity 127
8 Professional young mothers : the care of the self 148
9 Becoming an individual : lifestyle and life choices 169
10 Conclusion 195
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