Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1548-1395.2010.01046.x
Title: Naturalization of competence and the neoliberal subject: Success stories of english language learning in the Korean conservative press
Authors: Park, J.S.-Y. 
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Park, J.S.-Y. (2010). Naturalization of competence and the neoliberal subject: Success stories of english language learning in the Korean conservative press. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 20 (1) : 22-38. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1548-1395.2010.01046.x
Abstract: This article analyzes "success stories" of English language learning in the Korean conservative press as tales of neoliberal personhood, locating the stories within South Korea's neoliberal transformation and its concomitant "English frenzy." In these texts, the semiotic process of leveling - the simultaneous work of erasure and highlighting - naturalizes the successful learner's competence in English by grounding that competence in the subjective, human qualities of the speaker. By obscuring class-based constraints on access to English that determine the structure of the Korean linguistic market, this process ultimately rationalizes and justifies the neoliberal logic of human capital development. [English, South Korea, language ideology, competence, neoliberalism, media] © 2010 by the American Anthropological Association.
Source Title: Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52405
ISSN: 10551360
DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1395.2010.01046.x
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