In Pursuit of English
Language and Subjectivity in Neoliberal South Korea
Joseph Sung-Yul Park
Reviews and Awards
"this is an accessible book that will make an excellent companion to any graduate course that seeks to encourage critical, political perspectives on English in the world" - Katy Highet, Language in Society
"In this elegantly written book, Joseph Park uses the telling case of South Korea to explore how and why English currently presents such a powerful object of investment and desire, both at the level of states, and, perhaps most importantly, for individuals. His exploration of the formation and expression of the neoliberal subjectivity in terms of which orientation to English is cast shows powerfully how productive the lens of affect is for understanding the link between material conditions, institutional processes, the value of languages and the agency of social actors."-Monica Heller, University of Toronto "