Global/Local: Cultural Production and the Transnational Imaginary (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)

Global/Local: Cultural Production and the Transnational Imaginary (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)

By: Wimal Dissanayake (editor), Rob Wilson (editor)Paperback

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This groundbreaking collection focuses on what may be, for cultural studies, the most intriguing aspect of contemporary globalization-the ways in which the postnational restructuring of the world in an era of transnational capitalism has altered how we must think about cultural production. Mapping a "new world space" that is simultaneously more globalized and localized than before, these essays examine the dynamic between the movement of capital, images, and technologies without regard to national borders and the tendency toward fragmentation of the world into increasingly contentious enclaves of difference, ethnicity, and resistance. Ranging across issues involving film, literature, and theory, as well as history, politics, economics, sociology, and anthropology, these deeply interdisciplinary essays explore the interwoven forces of globalism and localism in a variety of cultural settings, with a particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. Powerful readings of the new image culture, transnational film genre, and the politics of spectacle are offered as is a critique of globalization as the latest guise of colonization. Articles that unravel the complex links between the global and local in terms of the unfolding narrative of capital are joined by work that illuminates phenomena as diverse as "yellow cab" interracial sex in Japan, machinic desire in Robocop movies, and the Pacific Rim city. An interview with Fredric Jameson by Paik Nak-Chung on globalization and Pacific Rim responses is also featured, as is a critical afterword by Paul Bove. Positioned at the crossroads of an altered global terrain, this volume, the first of its kind, analyzes the evolving transnational imaginary-the full scope of contemporary cultural production by which national identities of political allegiance and economic regulation are being undone, and in which imagined communities are being reshaped at both the global and local levels of everyday existence.

About Author

Rob Wilson is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Reimagining the American Pacific and coeditor of Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production, both published by Duke University Press. Wimal Dissanayake is editor of East-West Film Journal.


Introduction: Tracking the Global/Local / Rob Wilson and Wimal Dissanayake 1 I. Globalizations The Global in the Local / Arif Dirlik 21 Localism, Globalism, and Cultural Identity / Mike Featherstone 46 A Borderless World? From Colonialism to Transnationalism and the Decline of the Nation-State / Masao Miyoshi 78 Real Virtuality / Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto 107 Phobic Spaces and Liminal Panics: Independent Transnational Film Genre / Hamid Naficy 119 From the Imperial Family to the Transnational Imaginary: Media Spectatorship in the Age of Globalization / Ella Shohat and Robert Stam 145 II. Local Conjunctions Flirting with the Foreign: Interracial Sex in Japan's "International" Age / Karen Kelsky 173 Desiring the Involuntary: Machinic Assemblage and Transnationalism in Deleuze and Robocop 2 / Jonathan L. Beller 193 In Whose Interest? Transnational Capital and the Production of Multiculturalism in Canada / Katharyne Mitchell 219 III. Global/Local Disruptions Globalism's Localisms / Dana Polan 255 The Oceanic Feeling and the Regional Imaginary / Christopher L. Connery 284 Goodbye Paradise: Global/Localism in the American Pacific / Rob Wilson 312 The Case of the Emergent Cultural Criticism Columns in Taiwan's Newspaper Literary Supplements: Global/Local Dialectics in Contemporary Taiwanese Public Culture 337 South Korea as Social Space / Fredric Jameson interviewed by Paik Nak-chung 348 Afterword: "Global/Local" Memory and Thought 372 Index 387 Contributors 397

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822317128
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 408
  • ID: 9780822317128
  • ISBN10: 0822317125

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