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ISSN 2301-5829

Vol. 5 / No. 2 / Published : 2016-02

Order : 8, and page :155 - 172

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Original Article :

The representation of masculinity in south korean reality show “the return of superman”

Author :

  1. Yanti Praptika*1
  2. Gesang Manggala Nugraha Putra*2
  1. Mahasiswa Fakultas Ilmu Budaya
  2. Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Budaya

Abstract :

The culture of South Korea produces a different breed of masculinity. A breed that is distinguishable from the one born within Western culture. This type of masculinity is spread not just locally, but also globally through various Korean media, such as K-Pop, K-Drama, and reality shows. One of Korean Shows that is popular nowadays is The Return of Superman. This study would like to discuss the representation of masculinity in Korea that is being represented by the celebrity fathers in that show. Using textual analysis, theory of television culture by John Fiske, and the messages of masculinity by Ian M. Harris, this study tries to reveal the way those celebrity fathers represent the South Korean masculinity. The result of the analysis shows that masculinity in The Return of Superman is not all about strength and power but also about how to love their children and take care of their family. The Return of Superman is trying to show the ideology that superman masculinity is not only about strength and power but also about helping and respecting women in their gender role. This could be a part of the government’s effort to realize gender equality in South Korea.

Keyword :

masculinity, fatherhood, reality show, The Return of Superman, superman masculinity,

References :

  1. Beasley, Chris, (2005). Gender & Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers. - : London: Sage Publication
  2. Brody, Leslie, (2001). Gender, Emotion, and the Family. - : London: Harvard University Press
  3. Jung, Sun, (2011). Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Oldboy, K-pop Idols. - : Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press

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