Male Circumcision and the Militarised Body in South Korea

  • Jongmi Kim (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Male circumcision is common practice amongst Korean male. This paper is to analyse why the practice plays an important role in constructing masculinity in South Korea. The practice has been widely accepted and popularised in South Korea. The practice is symbolised as a coming-of-age ceremony. However, more importantly, this paper shows that the surgical practice is not only performed for the purpose of hygienic reasons, but also in order to make a docile body, as Foucault suggested. Furthermore, the main purpose of making disciplined body is based on the idea of militarised body that originated from the Japanese colonial rule and the military regime between the 1960s and 1980s.
Period3 Mar 2017
Event titlePerforming the Penis
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • male circumcision
  • militarised body
  • docile body
  • postcoloniality