Publication details [#62744]

Lo, Adrienne and Lee Jin Choi. 2017. Forming capital: Emblematizing discourses of mobility in South Korea. Language in Society 46 (1) : 77–93.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Cambridge University Press


This paper explores how listening subjects (Inoue 2006) mediate understandings of mobility in South Korea. Centering on a cybercampaign to discredit the hip-hop star Tablo, it traces the ways that a listening public regimented signs relating to educational credentials, language, citizenship, and demeanor into forms of institutionalized, embodied, or objectified capital (Bourdieu 1986). By tracing how Tablo skeptics used metasemiotic discourses about emblems and figures of failed mobility, this paper adds to theories of semiosis that decenter the agentive speaking subject.