Learning Places: The Afterlives of Area Studies (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)

Learning Places: The Afterlives of Area Studies (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)

By: Masao Miyoshi (editor), Harry Harootunian (editor)Paperback

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Under globalisation, the project of area studies and its relationship to the fields of cultural, ethnic, and gender studies has grown more complex and more in need of the rigorous re-examination that this volume and its distinguished contributors undertake. In the aftermath of World War II, area studies were created in large part to supply information on potential enemies of the United States. The essays inLearning Places argue, however, that the post-Cold War era has seen these programs largely degenerate into little more than public relations firms for the areas they research. A tremendous amount of money flows - particularly within the sphere of East Asian studies, the contributors claim - from foreign agencies and governments to U.S. universities to underwrite courses on their histories and societies. In the process, this volume argues, such funds have gone beyond support to the wholesale subsidisation of students in graduate programs, threatening the very integrity of research agendas. Native authority has been elevated to a position of primacy; Asian-born academics are presumed to be definitive commentators in Asian studies, for example. Area studies, the contributors believe, has outlived the original reason for its construction. The essays in this volume examine particular topics such as the development of cultural studies and hyphenated studies (such as African-American, Asian-American, Mexican-American) in the context of the failure of area studies, the corporatization of the contemporary university, the prehistory of postcolonial discourse, and the problematic impact of unformulated political goals on international activism. Learning Places points to the necessity, the difficulty, and the possibility in higher education of breaking free from an entrenched Cold War narrative and making the study of a specific area part of the agenda of education generally. The book will appeal to all whose research has a local component, as well as to those interested in the future course of higher education generally.

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At the time of his death in 2009, Masao Miyoshi was Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.Harry Harootunian is Professor of East Asian Studies at New York University.


Introduction 1. Masao Miyoshi, "Ivory Tower in Escrow" 2. Tetsuo Najita, "Ando Shoeki--'The Forgotten Thinker' Japanese History" 3. Stefan Tanaka, "Objectivism and Eradication of Critique in Japanese History" 4. Rey Chow, "Theory, Area Studies, Cultural: Issues of Pedagogy in Multiculturalism" 5. Benita Parry, "Signs of Our Times: A Discussion of Homi Bhabha's 'The Location of Culture" 6. Harry Harootunian, "Postcoloniality's Unconscious/Area Studies' Desire Sylvia Yanagisako, "Asian Exclusion Acts" 7. Richard H. Okada, "Areas, Disciplines, and Ethnicity" 8. Paul A. Bove, "Can American Studies be Area Studies" 9. Rob Wilson, "Imagining 'Asia-Pacific' Today: Forgetting Colonialism in the Magical Free Markets of the American Pacific" 10. Bruce Cumings, "Boundary Displacement: The State, the Foundations and Area Studies During and After the Cold War 11. Bernard S. Silberman, "The Disappearance of Modern Japan: Japan and Social Science" 12. Moss Roberts, "Bad Karma in Asia" 13. James A. Fujii, "From Politics to Culture: Modern Japanese Literary Studies in the Age of Cultural Studies" Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, "Questions of Japanese Cinema: Disciplinary Boundaries and Invention of Scholarly Object"

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  • publication date: 01/11/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780822328407
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
  • ID: 9780822328407
  • weight: 635
  • ISBN10: 0822328402

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