Korea's blacklist scandal: governmentality, culture, and creativity
Culture, Theory and Critique
This essay focuses on the relationship between culture and governance, exploring how the practice of government has invoked conflicts and crises in the Korean culture industries. The Park Geun-Hye regime used culture as a central engine to boost Korea's national economy by adopting the new slogan, ‘Creative Korea’, to embody the country's national values within the international community. However, the regime's constant emphasis on creative economies came under attack when it was discovered that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism abused its authority by censuring 9,473 artists who were critical of the regime. Through an analysis of journalistic interviews with artists, critics and cultural practitioners, this paper examines how the relationships of governmentality, culture and creativity have been negotiated in the process of regime change. In addition, this paper explores how the Korean Wave phenomenon–the transnational expansion of Korean popular culture–during the past two decades has reshaped the society's perception of the governor–governed relationship within the cultural sphere.
Kim, Ju Oak, "Korea's blacklist scandal: governmentality, culture, and creativity" (2018). Psychology & Communication Faculty Publications. 6.