Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

“This Is for All My Bad Girls Around the World”: Globalization and the Linguistic Construction of Gender and Sexuality in K-pop
by Garza, Joyhanna Yoo, M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2019, 49; 13899384
Abstract (Summary)

This paper explores the relationship between language, gender, and globalization and, specifically, how gendered identities and sexualities are constructed through the language in popular music lyrics. In particular, I analyze the ways one popular Korean artist named CL, performs, constructs, and negotiates different identities through linguistic and embodied performance. I argue that the rapper-singer uses hybrid linguistic practices and specific embodied choices (e.g. the Bad Bitch, b-girl style, chola aesthetics) to project a distinctively cosmopolitan femininity. In the process, CL challenges longstanding social values vis-à-vis women’s place in Korean society and promotes instead a globalized version of femininity. This study highlights what K-pop as a globalized genre can reveal about circulations of language and discourses surrounding femininity. It also exposes the kinds of gendered and sexual identities that are being articulated through global flows of music and language and contributes to recent discussions in language, gender, and sexuality that take a globalization framework to mediatized contexts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zimman, Lal
Commitee: Bucholtz, Mary, Du Bois, John W.
School: University of California, Santa Barbara
Department: Linguistics
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Sociolinguistics, Gender studies
Keywords: Embodiment, Gender and sexuality, Globalization, K-pop, Linguistic appropriation
Publication Number: 13899384
ISBN: 9781088310533
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