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positions (2020) 28 (2): 277–309.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Takushi Odagiri This article examines Sōda Kazuhiro’s observational documentary, especially his second observational film, Seishin ( Mental ), and specifically considers its participatory methods, sociohistorical circumstances, and philosophical anthropology. Influenced by North American direct...
Published: 01 February 2022
Figure 1 An observational shot that vividly captures the intense flame and the harsh noises produced in a welding factory. Still from The Color of Pain ( Bora , Lee Kang-hyun, 2010). More
Published: 01 February 2022
Figure 2 An observational shot that frames the decaying interior of the watchtower in Yaksa-dong. Still from Watchtower ( Mangdae , Moon Seung-wook, 2014), frame grab. More
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positions (2018) 26 (3): 483–515.
Published: 01 August 2018
... of the enlightenment project. Rethinking responsibility was paramount. Where a ground was once provided by the reason of a detached observer, this individual had vanished, undermining the dominant assumptions of aesthetics. Because it corresponded with this unmoored world, cinema offered a place to think this crisis...
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positions (2021) 29 (4): 783–807.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Aminda Smith Abstract The first rule of PRC history might be “Never take the Chinese Communists at their word.” Early observers praised the CCP, but by the 1990s there was broad disillusionment among China scholars who increasingly believed that observable realities contradicted official claims...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 497–526.
Published: 01 May 2012
... of the transnational movement of children reflect both broader neoliberal ideologies of family and selfhood and late socialist anxieties about class differentiation. Child welfare professionals, the media, and casual observers in Ho Chi Minh City explain rising adoption rates as due to the desperation, ignorance...
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positions (2009) 17 (2): 261–287.
Published: 01 May 2009
... of consciousness of the modern nation-state as well as the ground for subjectivation. Through such a discursive mode of psyche politics, a certain sense of community is engineered. We observe that the function of abjection operates in double directions: the internal effacement and the external exclusion. The locus...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 489–521.
Published: 01 August 2009
... observation is that beautification, sexual styling, and spiritual/cultural cultivation are consistently linked in narratives of “becoming-woman” in a newly successful genre of aspirational literature, which we are calling “manuals of elite civility.” We argue that these narratives may be understood...
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positions (2018) 26 (4): 749–780.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Haerin Shin “Unlocking the Mindware: Taking Responsibility for the Solipsistic Self in Murakami Haruki’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World ” addresses the issue of identity formation in relation to neuroscientific technologies by observing a phenomenon called (self-imposed) “locked...
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positions (2022) 30 (2): 377–407.
Published: 01 May 2022
.... This article examines the experiences of South Korean youth who pursue education in English language schools in the provincial Philippines. Using in-depth interviews and participant observation with South Korean educational migrants in the Philippines and South Korea, it outlines class and regional dynamics...
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positions (2022) 30 (4): 865–893.
Published: 01 November 2022
...Lorenzo Andolfatto Abstract Recent discussion concerning the Chinese government's autocratic practices has been orienting public attention toward the large scale of its surveillance apparatus. Observed from afar, the integration of digital and material infrastructures for discipline and control...
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positions (2022) 30 (3): 571–594.
Published: 01 August 2022
... the best place to observe what neglect made possible, as migrants, students, entrepreneurs, and illegal enterprises took advantage of cheap rents and a lack of regulation. Just after the Spring Festival in 2014, however, the government announced that all urban villages would be demolished by the end...
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positions (2017) 25 (4): 769–794.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Elena Shih This article is interested in why and how Thailand functions as a pivotal destination for US human-trafficking rescue projects, and it situates transnational antitrafficking endeavors within Thai political and economic history. Based on ethnographic participant observation of the global...
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positions (2023) 31 (3): 649–676.
Published: 01 August 2023
... nightmare. This article—exploring the English-language-mediated cosmopolitan aspirations of African students in contemporary Beijing—recasts Fanon's observation and explores how dreams of efficacious personhood, like nightmares of compromised subjectivity, imbricate the same spatiotemporal tension between...
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positions (1995) 3 (2): 367–391.
Published: 01 May 1995
... with the academic discourse on the “islanders” in colonial conditions, I must con- sider the problem of the enunciative position of observation that forms the discursive space called academics before I can bring out this relatively for- malized...
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positions (2022) 30 (1): 189–216.
Published: 01 February 2022
...Figure 1 An observational shot that vividly captures the intense flame and the harsh noises produced in a welding factory. Still from The Color of Pain ( Bora , Lee Kang-hyun, 2010). ...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 659–681.
Published: 01 August 2013
... of written scripts — choices that helped differentiate their films from the “special topic” documentary serials (zhuanti pian) produced at state-­owned television stations. Ever since, the power and value of the observational mode has been...
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positions (2004) 12 (1): 113–134.
Published: 01 February 2004
.... He traveled a lot to the Okinawa area and wrote excellent essays as he observed the change and how the islanders got through their lives there. He had died by the time I started going to Okinawa, and I never met him or interviewed him...
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positions (1993) 1 (2): 526–549.
Published: 01 May 1993
...- dence between word and meaning, and about the separation of observer from observed, have dissolved. With the rise of total history and Geertzian thick description, the geographical boundarics, too, have drawn more positions I:Z 0 1993...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 689–710.
Published: 01 August 2008
... he distinguishes between two notions of subjectivity, the first reflecting the positionality of the epistemic observer (shukan) and the second, the position- ality of the practical agent (shutai).15 I think this is an important distinction...