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South Korean Evangelical Narratives on North Koreans and Homosexuals

Title
South Korean Evangelical Narratives on North Koreans and Homosexuals
Author
Yi, Joseph E.
Keywords
South Korea; Christian; evangelical; homosexual; North Korea; media
Issue Date
2020-02
Publisher
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS
Citation
JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, Page. 1-27
Abstract
This paper analyzes how South Korean (SK), evangelical media discuss two outgroup categories: North Korea and homosexuality. Analysis of SK media over two decades-mainly longitudinal analysis of evangelical newspaper Kidok Sinmun (1998-2019)-generates several findings. First, homosexuality is catching up to North Korea as the leading outgroup in SK Christian discourse. Second, both outgroups are subjects of dual, competing narratives: one (threat) frames outgroups, and their supporters, as threats to the liberties and/or values of Christians; another (outreach), as subjects of Christian love and personal relationship. The threat and outreach narratives, in turn, are, respectively, associated with right-wing and non-right politics on the outgroup. We argue that the dual narratives are shaped by American evangelical culture; cross-national communications (e.g., South Korea and USA); and cross-national events (e.g., presidential elections) that influence the perceived threats posed by, or opportunities to outreach to, outgroup members.
URI
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00918369.2020.1715140https://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/161488
ISSN
0091-8369; 1540-3602
DOI
10.1080/00918369.2020.1715140
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COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES[S](사회과학대학) > POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES(정치외교학과) > Articles
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