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Korean sociology has been institutionalized through different stages such as the foundation of Korean Sociological Association, the influence of American Sociology, a reflexive turn, and the launch of a counter-association in search for alternatives. This study analyzes the co-evolution of sociologist-association ties and sociologist-specialty ties to examine the structure of Korean sociological community and its change. We find that patterns of affiliation between sociologists and associations have structured homophilous interactions along the lines of gender, employment status, and university prestige and vice versa. A core-periphery hierarchy of associations has become weaker, but the Korean Sociological Association of accumulative advantages constitutes the core, together with the counter-association and the association for Historical Sociology. The current network of associations is a small-world when some isolated associations are excluded. ‘Following-the-trend’ in tandem with increased clustering by research field has led the structure of specialty space toward a weak core-periphery without small-world-ness. As sociologists with diverse research interests have increasingly joined specialized associations, it will be challenging for both the Korean Sociological Association and the counter-association in the core how to play integrative roles in the increasingly differentiated community of Korean sociology.