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positions (2012) 20 (2): 629–656.
Published: 01 May 2012
... people rely on cash transactions, thus the quality of money encompasses more than its relationship to price. While the demand among Vietnamese citizens for a reliable currency resonates with contemporary neoliberalism, it cannot be reduced to it. By way of addressing the divergent concerns with the...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 523–535.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Tamara Jacka In contemporary China, concerns about the suzhi , or “quality,” of individuals, groups, and populations pervade the social imagination and inform a wide spectrum of discourses and debates. Suzhi is of critical importance to contemporary China's booming, globally oriented market economy...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 567–589.
Published: 01 August 2009
...T. E. Woronov This article is a close study of the discourses and practices of suzhi jiaoyu or “Education for Quality” in contemporary Beijing. Through a study of efforts to raise the “quality” of the capital's children in order to raise the “quality” of the Chinese nation and its future, this...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 591–616.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Luigi Tomba This article discusses the rhetoric and practices of China's middle-class “community building” ( shequ jianshe , as the campaign to reorganize urban residential communities that started in the late 1990s is called), and the role of suzhi (quality) in building models of “harmonious...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 361–396.
Published: 01 May 2019
... documentaries gives them a “virtual” quality (Bergson), with a few distinct traits. First, the gaze tends to focus on surfaces and physical textures (e.g., a tattoo engraved on her father’s and her own skin). When the vérité (truth) of cinematic mimesis is rigorously pursued, Kawase’s reflexive gaze becomes one...
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positions (2019) 27 (4): 687–711.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Nick Admussen This essay theorizes the potential uses and limitations of describing a text as “viral.” Literary texts are often described as viral when they serve as tools of self-expression for those who reproduce them: viral texts must therefore delete or suppress qualities that mark them as...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 617–642.
Published: 01 August 2009
... between place, suzhi (quality), and the migrant body is made to appear logical and commonsensical. I consider a common discursive practice of branding the baomu (maid), namely identifying the domestic worker and comments on the service provided by the domestic worker according to her place of origin (e.g...
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positions (2013) 21 (1): 189–221.
Published: 01 February 2013
... professional theater company The Necessary Stage (TNS) and then quickly proscribed by the state for its Marxist associations and unscripted nature. At the turn of the millennium, however, the state has come to realize more clearly the economic value of the arts, including its “subversive” qualities that may...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 489–515.
Published: 01 May 2014
... these films present the talking head as a product of technical intervention by the director, or as a response of the documentary subject to the act of filmmaking. This does not mean that liveness has ceased to be important; rather, that it is understood to be a quality produced from the encounter of...
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positions (2020) 28 (4): 701–727.
Published: 01 November 2020
... earlier aesthetic conventions, Secretly, Greatly thus offers content and a channel through which the surplus generation can express and share their sense of misplacement in the present. In addressing such remediation of inherited memories, this study critically attends to the webtoon’s formal qualities...
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positions (2020) 28 (4): 789–814.
Published: 01 November 2020
... “superstitious” sect. Communist cadres, articles written by political converts suggested, were puerile, capricious, and alienated from traditional moral norms. At the same time, the Communist movement was attributed qualities of an evil cult preying on the ignorant and the irrational. Second, by publicizing the...
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positions (2009) 17 (2): 375–410.
Published: 01 May 2009
... experiences, whereas the inability to grab a unifying self results in the questioning of language as a useful means to convey meaning; language or narrative as a signifier of an external referent is put into question. I demonstrate how these writers put into relief the fictional quality of both fiction...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 537–566.
Published: 01 August 2009
...: the notion of suzhi (quality). By examining the position of suzhi in a broader discourse concerning the population and its attributes (which also intersects with key notions of nation, class, ethnicity, gender, and citizenship) I shed light on the fortunes of what I refer to as “technoscientific...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 629–659.
Published: 01 August 2008
... how premodern tanka attributed qualities according to seasonal and other (formally and informally) classifiable associations. While the Heian mode forms the template, Tawara's poetics is shown to operate in precisely this ahistorical consumer mode, passively absorbing and reflecting dominant media...
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positions (2015) 23 (2): 317–347.
Published: 01 May 2015
... engagement with the colonial culture, the anticolonial culture came to share epistemological frames with the colonial culture. This relationship was homological in that the two cultures shared the same origin but had different qualities. We show that, in the context of the change in the regional hegemon from...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 529–558.
Published: 01 May 2012
... partial and incomplete, yet dynamic, temporally contingent on understandings of experienced pasts, and new opportunities of the current moment. Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 “Raise the quality of the population to build an increasingly wealthy, beautiful, civilized, and modern city...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 379–401.
Published: 01 May 2012
... qualities of neoliberalism are perceived as new, unusual, or problematic, even as they may also be power- ful, desirable, or ascendant; and second, where speci c realms of life or types of people are explicitly excluded from neoliberal visions...
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positions (2012) 20 (3): 877–883.
Published: 01 August 2012
..., quality, quantum, Quaaludes, etc Conceived as limited edition ne art objects, the project blurs the line between “high art” and mainstream consumer culture. The project examines how popular culture is created and consumed within Asia, its...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1095–1125.
Published: 01 November 2012
... have the psychological quality required for the intense competition of the twenty-­first century? positions 20:4  doi 10.1215/10679847-1717681 Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press positions 20:4  Fall 2012...
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positions (2004) 12 (1): 237–246.
Published: 01 February 2004
... pollution in the east and south of China, and so on threaten the basic survival of many people; garbage control and food contamination in many cities is endangering the health and quality of life of many (especially wage laborers and the poor). On the...