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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): 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 (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 (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): 175–207.
Published: 01 February 2019
... that debuted in the 1990s has dramatically affected the milieu in which area studies are practiced. The key to understanding this dramatic change is to be found in the articulation of financialization, bioinformatic technologies, and population management. The creation of an intrinsic link between value...
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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 (2012) 20 (1): 67–94.
Published: 01 February 2012
... of area studies have been couched, positions: east asia cultures critique has opened up a forum that inhabits the institutions of area studies but that has incessantly disrupted area studies' foundational commitment to the discourse of the West and the Rest. Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press 2012...
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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 (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 (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 (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 (2020) 28 (2): 481–495.
Published: 01 May 2020
... on War and Peace, and PeaceWomen Across the Globe—and argues for feminist scholarship to take an interdisciplinary approach and, in particular, to fuse peace studies with cultural studies, political economy, and global geopolitics. Doing so requires an examination of the history and the scope...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 February 2012
... and intellectual conditions that attended the journal’s founding, since the birth of a critical journal is one indication of chaos in the sign systems. In the rst section of this anniversary issue, we focus on the term area studies, which appears...
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positions (2021) 29 (2): 347–372.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Derek J. Kramer Abstract This article examines how Anglo‐American evangelicals in colonial Korea employed racialized understandings of the environment to justify a culture of recreation and health. In the metropole and periphery, missionary researchers studying climate, geography, and public health...
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positions (1999) 7 (2): 593–647.
Published: 01 May 1999
... by diagnos- ing the status of area studies in American higher education, as well as the equivalent of area studies in Japan. Let me begin by asking Harry about this crisis of Japanese studies in the United States. Harry...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 385–388.
Published: 01 February 2012
... it is 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...
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positions (1998) 6 (1): 33–65.
Published: 01 February 1998
...”: a moment above all constituted by the exigencies of politics and strategy as scholars sought to respond to the needs of a government at war. Yet scarcely had area studies been launched on their path to expansion...
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positions (1995) 3 (3): 814–821.
Published: 01 August 1995
... with it. The very creation of area studies such as Asian, South Asian, Near and Far Eastern, is part of the geopolitical logic of structures of dominance that cultivate “other areas” much in the way anthropology produced the cate- gory called...
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positions (2012) 20 (3): 671–684.
Published: 01 August 2012
...- logue and debate about Southeast Asian American studies. The rst found its funding and footing primarily at the intersection of Southeast Asian area studies and Viet Nam studies, more speci cally, grappling with (and issuing challenges...