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positions (2017) 25 (4): 717–743.
Published: 01 November 2017
... officials. Though the narrative of the film treats those conflicts as temporary obstacles to the inevitable achievement of this ambitious project, the author argues that interruptions, suspensions, and instances of dissensus in the smooth narrative are the critical moments in which a sense of community...
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positions (2018) 26 (3): 389–421.
Published: 01 August 2018
... with the nation’s postcolonialglobal duality. Through Nancy’s Sense of the World and Creation of the World or Globalization , the author contends that the films evoke a phenomenology that speaks to Malaysia’s own geopolitical “sense of the world.” References Ahmad Yasmin . 2007 . “ The Making of Mukhsin...
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positions (1997) 5 (3): 745–778.
Published: 01 August 1997
...Gerald Figal Copyright © 1997 by Duke University Press 1997 Historical Sense and Commemorative Sensibility at Okinawa’s Cornerstone of Peace Gerald Figal The irony of the assertion “the atomic bomb saved lives” has recently been matched...
Published: 01 August 2023
Figure 1 The recurring “window scene” exudes a sense of romantic imprisonment in Anna . Courtesy of Television Broadcasts Limited. More
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positions (2017) 25 (2): 293–322.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Irena Hayter This essay focuses on perception and the senses in Japanese literary modernism and specifically in the so-called new sensationist ( shinkankakuha ) writers, especially Kawabata Yasunari (1899–1972) and Yokomitsu Riichi (1898–1947). The critical debates that unfolded around...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 371–402.
Published: 01 May 2014
... a sense that their performance was deficiently feminine. Although not denying the relevance of this consensus view, my article explores the issue from a different angle. I consider how criticism of the oyama was often expressed in terms that highlighted the excess of femininity that was thought to accrue...
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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 (2019) 27 (1): 99–114.
Published: 01 February 2019
...Étienne Balibar Since the dawn of modernity, there have been two competing “models” to think and represent politics: war (and more generally conflict, or struggle, as in Machiavelli) and commerce (in the broad sense this term had in the classical age, for example in Kant and Montesquieu). These two...
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positions (2019) 27 (3): 469–497.
Published: 01 August 2019
... life” and “success,” in many senses resemble what Lauren Berlant has called “cruel optimism.” Educationally channeled migration out of China is posited as a desirable object-idea that is “cruel” because the “cluster of promises” that constitute its “optimism” cannot be reconciled with the mobile...
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positions 10714285.
Published: 19 September 2023
... of Taiwan with the archetypical land. The suffering of those who are tightly bound to the land inspires a sense of deprived sovereignty—that is, occupation. The sense of occupation indicates the long history of colonial Taiwan, from the time of the Netherlands and Spain, via the Qing Dynasty and Japan...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 211–239.
Published: 01 February 2012
.... The focus is on how individuals, networks of people, and institutions presented and relied on information about families, physical appearance, personal interviews, and affective ties to make sense of migratory patterns resulting from Japanese military expansion. The article argues that by the mid-1940s...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 497–526.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Ann Marie Leshkowich Over the past several decades, transnational adoption of Vietnamese children has developed from a response to war into a routine option for foreigners trying to build families. This article explores how the logics that have emerged within Vietnam to make sense...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 529–558.
Published: 01 May 2012
... in which recently introduced assisted reproductive technologies and IVF births come to be enumerated by state authorities and by female infertility patients. Focusing on changes in infertility treatment, the article suggests that in the process of making sense of the rapid social, economic, and political...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 373–383.
Published: 01 February 2012
.... And this led to an emerging sense of community and sometimes a collective euphoria about embracing a new culture that openly challenges repressive social boundaries. Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 Ten Years of Queer Cinema in China Norman A. Spencer “Ten Years...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1095–1125.
Published: 01 November 2012
..., rendering the ideals of suzhi jiaoyu self-evident and common sense. Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 The Horrific and the Exemplary: Public Stories and Education Reform in Late Socialist China Teresa Kuan One day in the winter of 2000, a teenager beat his mother...
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positions (2013) 21 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 February 2013
... experience to one another. This flexible term encompasses ideas of empirical apprehension of the world through the senses, of affect preceding or exceeding conscious articulation, and of the special cultivation of feeling whose history is inseparable from class and national ideologies. Building...
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positions (2013) 21 (2): 225–267.
Published: 01 May 2013
... collectivism, and the ways collectivism shapes artists' practices of making and showing art in an environment they operate. In particular, this introduction proposes a periodization of kindai (modern), gendai (contemporary), and kontemporarī (“contemporary” in a global sense) based on three different...
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positions (2013) 21 (1): 95–132.
Published: 01 February 2013
... of languishing that would have been socially unacceptable in the same settings in Europe but reflected the sense of tropical life as a constant physical affliction and the accompanying indifference to the presence of native servants. In Japan's case, the process of colonization was concurrent with an effort...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 569–599.
Published: 01 August 2008
... refusal not only of disciplinary rules but also of basic rites of courtesy and belonging. In this sense, the analysis of everyday life of students at Beijing University shows not only that sociological categories or communitarian identities are no guarantee of politics, but also that politics among...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 489–521.
Published: 01 August 2009
... in reference to catachresis (Tani Barlow, 2005), in the sense that we engage it as a descriptor both to the underlying term of analysis middle-class (which has several translations but no absolute referent) and to the middle-class nuren (feminine person) of our attention here. The second, related point...