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The composition of Legal Discourse and media strategy of 『Arirang』 a popular magazine in the 1950s

  • Journal of Popular Narrative
  • 2023, 29(3), pp.353-386
  • DOI : 10.18856/jpn.2023.29.3.011
  • Publisher : The Association of Popular Narrative
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : August 8, 2023
  • Accepted : October 20, 2023
  • Published : October 30, 2023

Sunae Hong 1

1동덕여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper discussed the popularization process and media strategy of legal discourse, focusing on 『Arirang』, a representative popular entertainment magazine in the 1950s. In the boom of popular newspapers in the 1950s, magazines organized legal discourse in various ways, and 『Arirang』, an interest-based popular entertainment magazine, attempted to induce readers' participation and common sense of the law by conveying readers' stories and sharing legal solutions through the “legal counseling” section based on the “story-oriented editing system.” In addition, he delivered the issue of legal application in reality on a daily basis by serializing “crime truth” as a reading material of fun and reasoning that matches the nature of the entertainment site. The serialization of this segment focused on the difficulties of legal application of marriage and divorce at the family law level and the issue of legislation ignoring reality, while discussing the contradictions of the father-centered law, which led to legal consideration of the family. In the 1950s, the legal discourse of popular newspapers was discussed as part of the nationalization discourse, envisioning the state image of the rule of law by democratic politics against state power. This discourse established the concept of law as the reality of the state and led to the birth of the people as legal subjects. This was preparing 4.19 by driving the motivation for resistance to the eight laws of illegality and lawlessness, and played the role of practical discourse that constituted the subject of the revolution. The concept of the rule of law and the formation of individual legal consciousness were possible through popular legal discourse, and this was an inevitable step in constructing civil identity in the April 19 and 1960s.

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