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In Pursuit of English

Language and Subjectivity in Neoliberal South Korea

Joseph Sung-Yul Park

In Pursuit of English

OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES

In Pursuit of English

Language and Subjectivity in Neoliberal South Korea

OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES: In Pursuit of English

 

Tracing how anxieties, insecurities, and moral desire about English instilled through South Korea's neoliberal transformation led to the country's heated pursuit of English in the 1990s and 2000s, this book presents subjectivity as a theoretical and analytical perspective for studying the intersection of language and political economy.


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Beschrijving OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES: In Pursuit of English

In Pursuit of English traces how the English language became an object of heated pursuit amid South Korea's rapid neoliberalization, creating the so-called "English fever" of the 1990s and 2000s. Joseph Sung-Yul Park demonstrates that English gained prominence not because of the language's supposed economic value, but because of the anxieties, insecurities, and moral desire instilled by neoliberal Korean society. Park shows how English came to be seen as an
index of an ideal neoliberal subject who willingly engages in constant self-management and self-development in response to the changing conditions of the global economy.

Bringing together ethnographically-oriented perspectives on subjectivity, critical analysis of conditions of contemporary capitalism, theories of neoliberal governmentality, and sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological frameworks of metapragmatic analysis, In Pursuit of English develops an innovative new direction for research at the intersection language and political economy, challenging researchers to consider subjectivity as the key for understanding the place of language in
neoliberalism.


ISBN
9780190855734
Pagina's
248
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Serie
OXFORD STUDIES SOCIOLINGUISTICS SERIES
NUR
616
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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