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positions (2008) 16 (3): 569–599.
Published: 01 August 2008
... of contingencies but also of precise intellectual choices had made the physical boundaries of the university porous and the ritual identity of its community open to contention. In the May Fourth years, the students explored and expanded the fragmentation of the communitarian bond by stating and living a radical...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 595–625.
Published: 01 May 2012
... of intervention best suited towards its reduction in terms that are most often associated with the other. “Socialist” approaches, which are conventionally thought to rely upon techno-scientific and administrative modes of regulation, also called for external performance audits and other business management...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 983–1007.
Published: 01 November 2012
... relationship to increasingly elitist capitalist development—they constitute a geography that indicates sociocultural difference. The filmmakers, in attempting to map an urban space capable of yielding knowledge of nonelite people, also attempt to delineate the interiority of a major part of Singapore's city...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1067–1093.
Published: 01 November 2012
... of the modern girl character. The title Chijin no ai references the Japanese title of the US film A Fool There Was (1915), starring Theda Bara as the prototypical vamp. In a US context, the vamp character embodies not only the threat of the sexual woman but also anxieties surrounding racial mixing. In importing...
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positions (2013) 21 (1): 11–49.
Published: 01 February 2013
..., these discourses also helped to create equally idealized notions of Japanese-ness, sensibilities the government-general could appropriate to measure the degree to which Koreans had been incorporated into the imperial community. On the other hand, inevitable encounters between Japanese settlers and the local...
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positions (2014) 22 (1): 41–69.
Published: 01 February 2014
... by focusing on the General Freeter Union/PAFF in Tokyo and its emergence from the “Dame-ren circles” of Tokyo. I argue that the precarity movement has functioned to a large extent as a vehicle not only for external change in society but also for empowerment of its participants with particular attention being...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 489–515.
Published: 01 May 2014
... documentary, this article argues that they were not simply a relic of the televisual zhuantipian aesthetic but also the focus for a particular form of xianchang : liveness as presence and as testimony. In particular, following Erving Goffman, it suggests that critical moments of “flooding out” in Bumming...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 907–930.
Published: 01 November 2014
... flashbacks from a repressed traumatic memory. It is also a recasting of the Oedipus narrative, which to one degree or another is also about memory. In all of Matsumoto's feature films, a character suffers from some form of delusion and/or trauma that materializes in a surging pulse—the spectral return...
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positions (2010) 18 (1): 89–143.
Published: 01 February 2010
...Barry Sautman In May 2008 Time magazine's annual “ Time 100” list of influential people in the world put the Dalai Lama at the top. This outcome was related to the preceding six weeks of protests in Tibet and attendant Western criticisms of China's Tibet policies, but it also reflected the two...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 599–631.
Published: 01 August 2010
... monuments and surrounding urban spaces serve not only to “document” these buildings as signifiers of civilizational difference but also to transform them into a form of currency (both real and symbolic) in the unequal economy of colonial exchange. At the same time that these buildings begin to circulate...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 629–656.
Published: 01 May 2012
..., I examine the history of money's disunification in Vietnam. The problem of inflation is not just a matter of price; it is also related to complex political-cultural formations that relate to partial sovereignty over the marketplace. I show how inflation is not simply a problem of matter of price...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 725–754.
Published: 01 August 2013
... of that promise with another series of haewŏn chinhon rituals, this time better prepared and stronger in numbers. This article analyzes one of these rituals in detail, not only focusing on its structural aspects but also considering it as a site to reexamine Gayatiri Spivak's conceptualizations of the subaltern...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 749–780.
Published: 01 November 2014
... of such politically and formally radical content strove to legitimize the film and, by implication, also its source text, as politically and aesthetically defensible in both legal and artistic circles. But because the film had to function in its generic context as well, as a studio-branded “porno,” I insist also...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 145–165.
Published: 01 February 2015
.... In so doing, this article maintains that visual images have become increasingly central to Chinese online nationalism and youth politics in cyberspace, both in online forums and among the post-1980s generation. It also attempts to establish an overall descriptive and explanatory account through which...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 167–174.
Published: 01 February 2015
... their explanatory texts. The MIT controversy opened our eyes not only to the destabilizing effect of knowledge production in the digital era but also the perils of participatory culture online. The 2006 debate also drove home the crisis about online publishing: materials published online are never going...
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positions (2015) 23 (4): 665–694.
Published: 01 November 2015
... Hinojosa's war writings are part of an Orientalism that is deployed in the service of anticolonial and antiracist critique but that also recapitulates aspects of the colonial imaginary. These works also engage in an auto-critique of how certain segments of the Chicana/o population came to be beneficiaries...
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positions (2015) 23 (4): 807–835.
Published: 01 November 2015
... conceptualizes Korean transnational adoption as a militarized diaspora and gestures to the pervasive force of militarization as a logic that structures not only international geopolitical relations but also the intimate scales of adoptee kinships and subjectivity. Moreover, this militarized diaspora is also...
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positions (2016) 24 (4): 789–812.
Published: 01 November 2016
... they are faced with him “alive” again through his impersonators. The film also provokes questions about whether impersonation and cross-dressing is ironic/sincere, parodic/respectful, or willed/unconscious. Zhang intends his documentary to act as a “witness of history,” specifically, the historical shifts...
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positions (2010) 18 (1): 231–251.
Published: 01 February 2010
... made orchestrated efforts to produce hundreds of publications and a self-promoting discourse. I also examine how a personal cult is promoted through the sale of these images, and the indispensable role this self-promoting discourse plays in sustaining this industry, while more challenging and serious...
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positions (2020) 28 (1): 177–205.
Published: 01 February 2020
..., incorporates multiple female gazes: not only that of the artist but also those of the subjects, who look at each other and at their own mirror reflections. Female Writer , a diptych consisting of a photograph and painting of the writer Zhao Bo, recalls paintings from the “beautiful women” genre. Though both...