'Son of God' : Perception and Experience on Military Service Exception of Male Dancers in Korea

'신의 아들': 남성 무용수들의 병역특례 인식과 경험

  • 권예진 (한국체육대학교 대학원) ;
  • 이종영 (한국체육대학교 사회체육학과)
  • Received : 2018.03.14
  • Accepted : 2018.04.20
  • Published : 2018.04.28


The purpose of this study is to ponder men's perception and experience of military service revealed in Korean society by looking into the military service exception cases of a Korean male dancer. this study used non-participation observation, in-depth interviews and bibliographic data, etc. targeting a total of 6 persons covering 3 male dances who received military service privileges by winning a prize at home & overseas dance concours, and another 3 male dancers who fulfilled military duties. Then, this study did a qualitative analysis of the collected data. The deducted results through this process are as follows: First, all the surveyed male dancers consented to the necessity of military service as Korean people, but it was found that they wished to get miliary service privileges in order to maintain the career they actually had achieved. Second, the male dancers, who fulfilled military service, were found to make endless effort to catch up with the tendencies of dance suited for the relevant period after returning to society due to career discontinuity and social severance caused in the process of fulfilling military service.


Experience;Male;Dancer;Military Exception;Perception


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