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positions (2018) 26 (4): 647–685.
Published: 01 November 2018
... with differences in ideological leanings. This article takes this contradictory tendency within the discourse on America as the jump-off point from which to explore why America was embroiled in such discussions at this specific time, and to argue that “America” was a significant discursive site in which Koreans...
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Published: 01 August 2021
Figure 1 A sign carried by anti-LGBT protesters at the 2015 Korean Queer Culture Festival. The sign clearly illustrates the central concern and point of contention for anti-LGBT protesters, namely, that all gay men have AIDS because they have sex. Photo by Timothy Gitzen. Figure 1 A sign More
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1159–1189.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Mark Swislocki This article examines points of convergence and divergence in Chinese and Anglo-US notions of animal protection and shows how representations of animals and animal protection in late Qing Shanghai constituted claims to moral authority. It draws on representation of animal cruelty...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 465–487.
Published: 01 August 2009
... instead—but only to the point where the ethnic consciousness did not become radicalized to the point of promoting national liberation. The problem of political repression has to be considered in light of the failings of this effort to neutralize proletarian identification through the promotion of ethnic...
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positions (2011) 19 (3): 653–669.
Published: 01 August 2011
...Slavoj Žižek Replying to the critical remarks in “Poeticizing Revolution,” the text clarifies the topic of Mao Zedong's dialectics and of the possibility of radical social transformation today. It points out Mao's total misunderstanding of what Hegel meant by dialectical process: Mao's dialectics...
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positions (2020) 28 (1): 237–274.
Published: 01 February 2020
...Linda Chiu-han Lai This article is a report of an ongoing performative research project conducted by the author in the capacity of an experimental historian–cum–fellow artist to the research subjects. Performative research is meant to be deconstructive: enacting the “what-if-we-talk” point...
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positions (2017) 25 (1): 223–248.
Published: 01 February 2017
... on the structure's material decline, by using architectural form as a trigger point for emotions about the changing role of class, religion, and gender in the biography of a modern nation. The films scramble history and erase India's colonial period, which was historically central to the haveli 's decline...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 111–158.
Published: 01 February 2012
... of modernity. Advertising objectifies the social. Thus while enlightened social theory in Chinese advertising markets is a phenomenon noted here in great detail, the point is that “society” underlies modernist theory as such. The discovery of the social in philosophy and in the dialectical advertising image...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 267–285.
Published: 01 February 2012
... in positions . I look closely at the works by two artists, Montien Boonma and Ann Hamilton. I argue that their works are artistic embodiments of Vipassana meditation and social sufferings, both issues that Engaged Buddhism engages with. Furthermore, I point out that Boonma's installations and Hamilton's site...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 629–656.
Published: 01 May 2012
..., on the other hand, attributed inflation to a consequence of economic integration with global markets. In contrast to the IMF, they pointed to social inequalities generated by the country's decade-long economic growth and raised concerns over the redistributing wealth in Vietnamese society. These two narratives...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 659–667.
Published: 01 May 2012
... of neoliberalism today thus is to investigate how such historically and culturally contingent articulations of neoliberal logics and techniques work out (or do not work out) in diverse social and political settings. To illustrate this point, I highlight some of the convergent and divergent issues in two important...
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positions (2012) 20 (3): 713–736.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Anh Thang Dao Focusing on the idea of the homeland as a central aspect of exile and using Linda Lê's novel Slander as an entry point, this essay argues that exile often functions as a continuation of the original place, which remains under the control of a nation-state that is necessarily exclusive...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 953–981.
Published: 01 November 2012
... context, I point toward strategies of recharting the national or regional identity that are sensitive to gender and postcolonial politics. Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 The Palimpsest Body and the S(h)ifting Border: On Maggie Cheung’s Two Crossover Films Yiman Wang...
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positions (2013) 21 (1): 51–71.
Published: 01 February 2013
... in Taiwan and Korea to dismiss the protests as “barbaric” ( yaban ) and “blind recklessness.” However, these binaries also point to desires for connection and solidarity with Koreans. Using psychoanalytic postcolonial theory, I try to show some of the latent desires on the part of Japanese elites...
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positions (2013) 21 (4): 987–1018.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Minh-Ha T. Pham This article draws together communications and media studies with feminist theory and refugee scholarship to closely consider Vietnamese-American subject and community formations from the reference point of sound and audition. Specifically, it examines the ways in which...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 371–402.
Published: 01 May 2014
... of the actors purportedly had on Japanese film. It was widely assumed among these critics that oyama , particularly the popular actor Tachibana Teijirô, served as the focal point for a community of female moviegoers who took excessive pleasure in the sentimental melodramas that were the specialty...
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positions (2014) 22 (1): 161–201.
Published: 01 February 2014
... or the geopolitical hierarchy and structural hegemony of center/periphery and places itself in the sensory network of global film culture of the historical point of 1930. Copyright 2014 by Duke University Press 2014 Bright Lights, Big City: Lighting, Technological Modernity, and Ozu Yasujirô’s Sono yo...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 461–487.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Dennitza Gabrakova This article uses as a starting point the intellectual/creative vision of Japanese contemporary cultural anthropologist Imafuku Ryūta: the vision of the world as archipelago. In order to demonstrate that Imafuku's attempt can be explicated as an instance of the “traveling theory...
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positions (2014) 22 (3): 543–550.
Published: 01 August 2014
... be understood as socially and culturally heterogeneous. On the other hand, there is much resonance in the details among all these articles, reminding us that ethnography in contemporary China can accumulate to give us an anthropology or sociology of the state as it is seen from the point of view of its...
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positions (2014) 22 (3): 573–602.
Published: 01 August 2014
..., the idea of the imperial metaphor points to an intimate relation between religious practices and the state that merits attention. This article examines how the state—not only the long-defunct imperial bureaucracy but also the Maoist state—is imagined as a central provider of cosmic order in religious...