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positions (2016) 24 (4): 839–873.
Published: 01 November 2016
... shaped Japan's domestic prostitution abolition movement. Copyright 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 overseas prostitutes prostitution abolition modern Japan Karayuki-san middle class Japanese Woman's Christian Temperance Union (JWCTU) Purity Society The Shame of Empire: Japanese...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1041–1066.
Published: 01 November 2012
... repudiated his racialized body as signifying Oriental perfidy. The consequential trauma then provoked the desire for Oriental purity and drove him toward imaginary identification with the putative original nation. The subject fulfilled desire and drive by fetishizing the Confucian junzi identity. I trace how...
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positions (2006) 14 (1): 131–164.
Published: 01 February 2006
...Emma Jinhua Teng Duke University Press 2006 Eurasian Hybridity in Chinese Utopian Visions: From “One World” to “A Society Based on Beauty” and Beyond Emma Jinhua Teng “Can Mixed-Blood Hybrids Really Improve the Chinese Race?” This pro- vocative...
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positions (1999) 7 (3): 731–762.
Published: 01 August 1999
... (hetero)sexual purity. Thus, DDLJ constructs a discourse of female sexual- ity that is shot through with ambivalence. At the same time that female sex- uality is semiotically linked with the fertility of the motherland, it is also...
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positions (1995) 3 (1): 69–96.
Published: 01 February 1995
... to Yan Fu’s translation appeared two years before Lin Shu’s first publication of La dame aux camklias, the dilemma it presented was directly germane to Lin Shu’s effort: the dilemma between the purity of the classical style...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 947–952.
Published: 01 November 2012
.... That is the neoliberal popular story. Daniel P. S. Goh’s “situated psychoanalysis” also invokes the Lacanian eye for cultural critique. In his “Oriental Purity: Postcolonial Discomfort and Asian Values,” he reads another infamous debate about value. His...
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positions (2011) 19 (3): 653–669.
Published: 01 August 2011
..., and the consequence is that the state as well as the public is indifferent to philosophy: “The submission of politics to the theme of Law in parliamentary societies . . . leads to the impossibility of discern- ing the philosopher from the sophist...
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positions (2018) 26 (1): 13–33.
Published: 01 February 2018
... inferior to form because of its volatility and evanescence, color struggled to defend its honor against the advocates of order, solidity, and duration. Against the purity and calm of whiteness, the prismatic dispersal of color often seemed...
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positions (1998) 6 (3): 597–635.
Published: 01 August 1998
... the question of the relations obtaining between the “normal sci- ences” (such as theoretical physics or organic chemistry) and the political and economic structures of society. Therefore, he turned to the “dubious sciences” (such as psychiatry...
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positions (2020) 28 (4): 815–840.
Published: 01 November 2020
...) Ueno argues that because chastity was regarded as a kind of male prop- erty, the Korean discussion ended up centering on the infringement of these property rights while the dignity of the women played no role at all. Moreover, the high social value of female chastity in both societies turned purity...
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positions (2011) 19 (1): 159–191.
Published: 01 February 2011
... people. In a society where ideals shape reality itself, the way in which visual images are coordinated and circulated is far from accidental. I argue that in North Korea, the images of women on stage and screen function as models to emulate, thus imposing ideal bodily practices onto viewers. Examining...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 745–748.
Published: 01 November 2014
... an ideological subject is sexed and domesticated. Here Pang appears to argue that in the feminine figure of the strong, rural, muscular peasant woman a reconciliation is enabled because medical care delivery melds the rural integrity and purity of women...
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positions (2002) 10 (3): 575–630.
Published: 01 August 2002
... that this Communist regime of sexual discretion based on an ideal of a gender- egalitarian sexual purity never eradicated deeply held assumptions in Chinese society, codified in the scientific sexology of the KMT era, that associated normal sexuality...
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positions (2009) 17 (2): 261–287.
Published: 01 May 2009
..., immanentism is a better term than totali- tarianism because it does not limit itself to certain types of societies or politi- cal regimes but rather reveals the fundamental mentality of our time. I find Nancy’s concept of immanentism very powerful...
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positions (1995) 3 (1): 192–223.
Published: 01 February 1995
..., and their creation of a political cult, the publications rely so heavily on the analytical distinction between state and society, and the assumption that the society is an epiphenomenon of the state, that the north as a totality, including...
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positions (1999) 7 (1): 5–50.
Published: 01 February 1999
... 6 public sites of male asceticism, such as Buddhist monasticism, develop in patriarchal societies, and how, once in place, they then nourish and are nourished by their surrounding symbolic and social systems...
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positions (1996) 4 (1): 127–143.
Published: 01 February 1996
... by the end of the 1980s, even before mainstream discourse and revolutionary canonical narrative returned to its reliance on Mao Zedong’s image, a hint of “Ma0 Zedong fever” had already appeared within urban society. In what seemed...
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positions (2004) 12 (2): 565–586.
Published: 01 May 2004
... (hyphen- ated) society. It suggests that once migration has occurred, culture is lost, and irrevocably so. Surely cultures must evolve or die, particularly in an era of increasing globalization. I read Ong’s desire to question...
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positions (2005) 13 (3): 575–634.
Published: 01 August 2005
... hypostasis of one side of the divided articulation to the exclusion of the other is what prevents the unfolding of a properly dialectical investigation. It is of course true that every instance or contradiction in society must be seen as part...
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positions (2002) 10 (3): 547–573.
Published: 01 August 2002
... overall representations of Asian societies and cultures have risen dramati- cally, Japan’s historically constituted Orientalist trope of an “Asia behind the times” still informs most national media markets. In this conception Japan positions 10:3...