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The role of hegemonic masculinity and Hollywood in the New Korea

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Abstract


  • Abstract

    We argue that during the 1940s Hollywood films had an important role to play in the

    creation of a postwar South Korean society based on the new global U.S. hegemony.

    The connections between political and economic change in South Korea and sociocultural

    factors have hitherto scarcely been explored and, in this context, we argue

    that one of the key socio-cultural mechanisms that supported and even drove social

    change in the immediate post-war period was the Korean film industry and its representation

    of masculinity. The groundbreaking work of Antonio Gramsci on

    hegemony is drawn on – in particular, his understanding of the relationship between

    “commonsense” and “good sense” – as well as Raewyn Connell’s concept of

    hegemonic masculinity. The character of Rick in the 1941 Hollywood classic

    Casablanca is used to illustrate the kind of hegemonic masculinity favoured by the

    U.S. Occupation authorities in moulding cultural and political attitudes in the new

    Korea.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Howson, R. & Yecies, B. (2016). The role of hegemonic masculinity and Hollywood in the New Korea. Masculinities and Social Change, 5 (1), 52-69.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84959098627

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3312&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2304

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 52

End Page


  • 69

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Spain

Abstract


  • Abstract

    We argue that during the 1940s Hollywood films had an important role to play in the

    creation of a postwar South Korean society based on the new global U.S. hegemony.

    The connections between political and economic change in South Korea and sociocultural

    factors have hitherto scarcely been explored and, in this context, we argue

    that one of the key socio-cultural mechanisms that supported and even drove social

    change in the immediate post-war period was the Korean film industry and its representation

    of masculinity. The groundbreaking work of Antonio Gramsci on

    hegemony is drawn on – in particular, his understanding of the relationship between

    “commonsense” and “good sense” – as well as Raewyn Connell’s concept of

    hegemonic masculinity. The character of Rick in the 1941 Hollywood classic

    Casablanca is used to illustrate the kind of hegemonic masculinity favoured by the

    U.S. Occupation authorities in moulding cultural and political attitudes in the new

    Korea.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Howson, R. & Yecies, B. (2016). The role of hegemonic masculinity and Hollywood in the New Korea. Masculinities and Social Change, 5 (1), 52-69.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84959098627

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3312&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2304

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 52

End Page


  • 69

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Spain