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positions (2012) 20 (1): 7–35.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Harry Harootunian The purpose of this article is to examine how the construction of a desire called area studies was founded on the privilege accorded to fixed spatial units such as the geographical area, culture region, and the directional localities west, east, south, and so forth. The model...
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 209–239.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Tessa Morris-Suzuki Area studies has always been controversial. Over the decades, the field has been criticized for lacking theoretical rigor and accused of complicity with the political agendas of the Cold War. More recently, controversy has tended to focus on the notion of “area” itself...
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 241–279.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Naoki Sakai It is sometimes claimed that area studies is not independent of the racism that characterizes the modern world. This article attempts to examine this claimed association between area studies and racism. But what sort of configuration of social positions and social dynamics do we suggest...
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 67–98.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Gavin Walker Today, in a world characterized by the dispersion of the concentration of the productive forces, an increasingly multinational composition of global finance capital and its specialized class of handlers, it is relatively common to hear that the problems of “area studies” and its...
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 33–65.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Shu-mei Shih Area studies was originally set up to provide strategically important information for the US empire, while ethnic studies was an aftermath of the civil rights movement critiques it from within. This alone may explain the hostility between area studies and ethnic studies...
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 February 2019
... . www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2012-01-01/future-history . Hall Robert B. Bennett Wendell C. McKay Donald C. Robinson Geroid T. 1947 . Area Studies: With Special Reference to Their Implication for Research in the Social Sciences . New York : Social Science Research Council . Hall...
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 115–144.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Ken C. Kawashima This article investigates an often obscure methodological “area” found between the discourses and methods of Marx and Foucault. What kind of an area separates their methods—and hence their politics? Ultimately, this is a question of the area between Foucault’s “logic of strategy...
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positions (2021) 29 (1): 93–119.
Published: 01 February 2021
... historical actors often employed to organize their experiences, project themselves onto others, and advance their political desires. The Caribbean House of Mirrors: Constructing Regions in Area Studies Ileana M. Rodríguez- Silva At the turn of the twentieth century, Puerto Rico s inhabitants experienced new...
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positions (2017) 25 (1): 145–172.
Published: 01 February 2017
...Nitya Vasudevan This article focuses on films that star the young Tamil cinema actor Dhanush and that are set in Madurai and surrounding nonmetropolitan locations in the state of Tamil Nadu. Through these films, the article examines the construct of the area or the pettai as a production...
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Published: 01 November 2022
Figure 3 Ji Yeo, It Will Hurt a Little, 5th Floor Waiting Area , 2014. © Ji Yeo. More
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 175–207.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Jon Solomon This essay presents a genealogy of the postcolonial/postimperial apparatus of area and charts its contemporary mutation in relation to the transition currently underway from industrial capitalism to bioinformatic capitalism. The restructuring of the university into a service industry...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 67–94.
Published: 01 February 2012
... separation between the West and Asia, a regime of what Johannes Fabian called “the denial of coevalness” that insists on two different temporalities in which area specialists and indigenous informants are supposed to live separately. It has been presumed that the positionality of area specialists is defined...
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positions (2009) 17 (1): 159–205.
Published: 01 February 2009
... and imperialistic formations in the two countries is striking. This article investigates the formation of Japanese area studies in the United States in view of transpacific complicity between the United States and Japan and considers how certain aspects of Japanese imperial nationalism had to be overlooked...
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positions (2013) 21 (4): 885–919.
Published: 01 November 2013
..., a tourist area, as an example to show how national cultural policy and global IPR overlap in the local economy. I also demonstrate how this history escapes Aihwa Ong's theorization of “exception,” as the related global and state interests converge not at areas of exception but at the heart of numerous local...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 835–868.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Matthew D. Johnson Abstract This article describes the US origins of the field of PRC history. It argues that research on PRC history is widely derived from an approach to knowledge that predates area studies: the theory that societies can be controlled and changed through the transformation...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 345–372.
Published: 01 February 2012
..., Cold War scholarship, and the struggle over so-called area studies. Topics raised and considered include the history of the journal's founding, critical reminiscence of the project's early years of publications and intellectual politics, historical trends in knowledge production and ways...
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positions (2013) 21 (4): 987–1018.
Published: 01 November 2013
... of ethnic, refugee, and national subjectivities and communities as well as the hegemonic discourses that underwrite them. This essay urges an epistemological shift from the site/sight-specific approaches to race, ethnicity, and nationalism that typically dominate ethnic studies, area studies, anthropology...
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positions (2014) 22 (3): 661–689.
Published: 01 August 2014
.... However, their perspectives on urbanization, development, and displacement are complex. This article provides some ethnographic context for the widely discussed related topics of land disputes and compensation. Based on fieldwork in rural Sichuan, it examines how the selection of agricultural areas...
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positions (2019) 27 (4): 653–685.
Published: 01 November 2019
... traces left by the historical massacre inside the DMZ. The participatory nature of Lim’s Monument 300: Chasing Watermarks calls our attention not only to the forgotten history of the area but also to the changing and unsettled meanings of the site. Therefore, the essay treats the DMZ as a symbolic site...
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positions (2009) 17 (1): 97–125.
Published: 01 February 2009
... the traditional distinctions between war and other areas of social life and even between wartime and peacetime in a postwar period. While explicating the particular issues involved in the problematic, such as overcoming modern capitalism, their criticism of Western imperialism, and the agenda of the Greater East...