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positions (2015) 23 (2): 231–257.
Published: 01 May 2015
... of the sterile concrete world of the danchi as evincing how—largely through the unconscious movements of their daily lives—people lived increasingly reified existences, effectively becoming “concrete abstractions.” Gotô elicits an awareness of this condition through two competing chronotopes—spatio-temporal axes...
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positions (2024) 32 (2): 315–340.
Published: 01 May 2024
... to present politically engaged abstractionism. 11 The Chinese neologism for abstraction— chouxiang —traces back to the nineteenth century, with its first component, chou 抽, initially employed in the context of diagnostics (Hobson and Guan 1858 : n.p.). In technologically driven contexts of the late...
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positions (2024) 32 (2): 223–231.
Published: 01 May 2024
... such “visible invisibility,” Lee firmly positions Chinese abstractionism as a politically engaged form of abstraction by tracing the Chinese neologism for abstraction, chouxiang 抽像, from its first usage in the nineteenth century into the twentieth. The term was not assigned a moral value, Lee argues...
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positions (2016) 24 (2): 481–512.
Published: 01 May 2016
...- disposed to view works by this foreigner as pale imitations of “Western” abstract expressionism. The Poindexter exhibitions, I argue, thus represent the endpoint of a quest begun by Kim in the early 1950s to create a visual language that could...
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positions (1994) 2 (2): 446–463.
Published: 01 May 1994
... and commodity did not appear to lead to the politics of equal rights that Marx saw as something constitutive of these categories. I refer here in par- ticular to the critical distinction Marx draws between real and abstract labor in explaining...
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positions (2002) 10 (3): 669–694.
Published: 01 August 2002
... the individual’s needs and wants,the producer engages in real labor and produces concrete use values. But un- der the all-encompassing relations of commodity exchange,labor becomes abstract because its sole purpose is to produce commodities for exchange...
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positions (2016) 24 (2): 513–554.
Published: 01 May 2016
... of capital, specifically the antinomies of the commodity form and the dialectic of historical and abstract time. This makes a proper understanding of capital essential to contextualizing their respective works. The structure...
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positions (2009) 17 (1): 73–95.
Published: 01 February 2009
... by Western thought, or what he refers to as “abstract modern cosmopolitanism” (chshteki na kindaiteki sekaishugi) (516) — specifically, liberalism, individualism, and rationalism. Miki argues that Western thought’s power lies in its ability...
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positions (2007) 15 (2): 211–224.
Published: 01 May 2007
... global capitalism,” which moves apace with “Asianness” abstracted and manifested as “a commodity-image-sound” circulating globally.5 Hence, in addition to doubling as sites of the Cold War and the war on terror, Asia has become...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 719–758.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Jake Werner Abstract Most recent research on the first three decades of the PRC has avoided theoretical reflection on the period, instead claiming an empiricist fidelity to the heterogeneity of lived experience. Yet the refusal of theory allows unexamined conceptualizations to structure...
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positions (2007) 15 (2): 429–448.
Published: 01 May 2007
.... We’re talking long-term. The more geopolitical stuff can work only if in the global south, we reinvent the state as an abstract structure, as a porous abstract structure, so that states can combine against the deprivations...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 743–751.
Published: 01 August 2008
..., this is now a far more nuanced and intelligently argued essay. Responding to yet another of my crabby complaints, Avenell’s revised draft extends the essay substantially beyond its initial fascination with abstracted concepts to study how Tsurumi...
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positions (2011) 19 (3): 627–651.
Published: 01 August 2011
... and practice, as well as his comments on contemporary China reveal his Eurocentric biases and a habit of aestheticizing or poeticizing revolutionary practice. Žižek's misreading of Mao and China is largely based on abstract theorization, divorced from concrete specificity and historicity. His ultimate...
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positions (2009) 17 (1): 43–72.
Published: 01 February 2009
... to his use of “only if, then... ” conditionals, Miki frequently offered a sustained criticism of virtually everything for being abstract and lacking dialectical mediation, negation, and sublation. Miki was especially critical of advocates of the “Japanese spirit” and so-called Japanists who assumed...
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positions (2015) 23 (2): 197–200.
Published: 01 May 2015
... Abstractions: Gotô Meisei’s Hapless Danchi Dwellers and Japan’s Economic Miracle,” and Vladimir Tikhonov’s “The Images of Russia and Russians in Colonial-­Era Korean Literature: The 1930s,” present dystopic, even catastrophic scenarios that have...
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positions (2011) 19 (3): 723–737.
Published: 01 August 2011
... on our brains. Although we faced the hardship of lack and the material temptations from the outside world, the purity of our intellectual pursuit and abstract ideals sustained our imagination and interrogations. Hence although the new era...
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positions (1995) 3 (2): 329–366.
Published: 01 May 1995
...- tion is not a recourse to the more abstract, but a process of resolution of the con- crete in itself. -Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia positions 3:2 0 1995 by Duke University Press positions 3:2 Fall 1995...
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positions (2004) 12 (2): 401–429.
Published: 01 May 2004
... to describe things Vietnamese and, by association, Vietnam itself, struck me at the time, and still strikes me, as a stunning abstraction. Vietnam is, by anyone’s measure, an abrasive place. While the tourist there may indeed encounter the Vietnamese...
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positions (2022) 30 (1): 159–187.
Published: 01 February 2022
...Erica Kanesaka Abstract This article explores the ties between anti-Black racist kitsch and kawaii culture through the history of the Dakko-chan doll. In what came to be called the “Dakko-chan boom” of 1960, tens of thousands of Japanese people lined up to purchase an inflatable blackface doll...
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positions (1998) 6 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 February 1998
... are predicated in the heterogenous political movements of the 1960s and 1970s in China and elsewhere-and not in abstract substructural “shifts of the capitalist mode of production.” (Nor, one might add, in the realm of gener- ation conflict...