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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): 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 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 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): 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...
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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 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 February 2012) 20 (1): 67–94.
Published: 01 February 2012
... 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: 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 February 2019) 27 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 February 2019
... T. 1947 . Area Studies: With Special Reference to Their Implication for Research in the Social Sciences . New York : Social Science Research Council . Hall Stuart . 1996 . “ The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power .” In Modernity: An Introduction to Modern Societies , edited by...
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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 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 May 1999) 7 (2): 593–647.
Published: 01 May 1999
... dialogue 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...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 1993) 1 (1): 224–267.
Published: 01 February 1993
... so as to “give direction to their leaders.” How, Hall asked rhetorically, “shall we build this national program for area studies?” Well, we must “work toward complete world coverage” (which was his deft phrase for processes of Cold...
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positions: asia critique (1 August 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 to...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 1998) 6 (1): 239–251.
Published: 01 February 1998
... 243 late this statement as follows: Cultural studies as carried on in the current context have already textualized all areas of social life. To put it yet another way, within this type of cultural study, people are at this moment...
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positions: asia critique (1 February 2012) 20 (1): 183–193.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Lisa Rofel What does it mean to say that positions opened up a space for queer intellectual work? How do we delineate that space? How does this space work in articulation with queering Asian studies more broadly? This essay addresses how the journal positions created the intellectual space for a...
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positions: asia critique (1 May 1997) 5 (2): 523–550.
Published: 01 May 1997
... against the U.S.-Vietnam War, and that current flowed from the earlier decolonizations of European empires.28 Moreover, American Asian studies (much of which came to be known as “area studies” at the height of the cold war) developed in...
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positions: asia critique (1 August 1993) 1 (3): 816–832.
Published: 01 August 1993
... debate, Perry Link sketches the institutionalization of modern Chinese literature in the U.S. over the past thirty years. His chronology extends from the 1960s focus on sociohistorical documentation in the interdisciplinary “area studies...
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positions: asia critique (1 May 1994) 2 (2): 430–445.
Published: 01 May 1994
... in part because they serve the purpose of demarcating professionalized bound- aries of theories, disciplines, and canons. Thus, part of the emergence of interdisciplinary area studies was because of resistance against such rigid...