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From Factory Girls to K-Pop Idol Girls


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Foreword by Douglas Kellner Introduction Chapter 1: Popular Culture as A Strategic Field of Neoliberal Intervention: Developmentalism, Neoliberal Social Policy, and Governmentality in Post-IMF Korean Popular Music Industry Chapter 2: K-pop Idol Girl Groups as Cultural Genre of Neoliberalism: Patriarchy, Developmentalism, and Structure of Feeling/ Experience in K-pop Chapter 3: Between Hybridity and Hegemony in K-Pop's Global Popularity: A Case of Girls' Generation's American Debut Chapter 4: Genealogy and Affective Economy of K-pop Female Idols: From Cute and Innocent to Ambiguous Femininity, to Explicit Sexualization Chapter 5: Elusive Subjectivity of K-pop Female Idols: Split-personality, Narcissism, and Neo-Confucian Body Techniques in Suzy of MissA Chapter 6: Resilience, Positive Psychology, and Subjectivity in K-pop Female Idols: Evolution of Girls' Generation from "Into the New World" (2007) to "All Night" (2017) Chapter 7: The 90s, the Most Stunning Days of Our Lives: Cultural Politics of Retro K-pop Music, Nostalgia, and Positive Psychology in Contemporary Korea Conclusion

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Gooyong Kim is assistant professor of communication arts at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.


Gooyong Kim has written a bracing book on K-pop girl groups. From Factory Girls to K-pop Idol Girls is replete with insights and information not only about K-pop, but also about South Korean economy, society, culture, and psychology. No one interested in a serious study of K-pop should ignore it. -- John Lie, University of California, Berkeley
With the recent global popularity of K-pop, much has been written about K-pop. Unlike previous works focusing on a micro-scopic and celebratory manner, From Factory Girls to K-pop Idol Girls places K-pop in the wider socio-economic context. It is timely and a landmark study of K-pop. It will be of interest to scholars and students who are eager to read more about critical music studies and cultural industries. -- Dal Yong Jin, Professor, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

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