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positions: asia critique (1 February 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 for...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 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 of the...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 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: asia critique (1 February 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, but the...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 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: asia critique (1 February 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: asia critique (1 February 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. The...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 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: asia critique (1 February 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: asia critique (1 February 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: asia critique (1 February 2009) 17 (1): 159–205.
Published: 01 February 2009
... 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 in the...
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positions: asia critique (1 November 2013) 21 (4): 885–919.
Published: 01 November 2013
... 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: asia critique (1 February 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...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2009) 17 (1): 127–157.
Published: 01 February 2009
...Aaron Stephen Moore In the 1930s, many Kyoto School philosophers as well as other intellectuals inquired into the nature of technology ( gijutsu ) amid the growth of heavy industrial capitalism, rapid mobilization for war, and the proliferation of technology throughout all areas of life. This essay...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 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 that the...
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positions: asia critique (1 November 2013) 21 (4): 987–1018.
Published: 01 November 2013
... 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: asia critique (1 August 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 for...
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positions: asia critique (1 May 2015) 23 (2): 201–229.
Published: 01 May 2015
... and Hosoe's art photography—share an interest in exploring the area surrounding Tokyo Bay. Through this comparison, I examine the ways that Tokyo's periphery is invoked as a site of anxiety in the context of the radicalized politics and high-growth economics of the Japanese 1960s. What does it mean...
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positions: asia critique (1 November 2017) 25 (4): 745–767.
Published: 01 November 2017
... social precarity in a highly unequal and rapidly changing urban environment. Many young domestic migrants who moved to the Seoul metropolitan area are precarious workers and vulnerable tenants in emerging forms of substandard housing. Their attempts to reconcile the idealized notion of home and their...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2012) 20 (1): 385–388.
Published: 01 February 2012
... clear that this is the time that the twentieth century was expiring and that the process of expiration had already begun. China studies and Asian studies were part of the postwar area studies, and they had an inextricable relation...