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Asia : Cultural politics in the global age - David Birch


Cultural politics in the global age

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A valuable introductory book for students, Western or otherwise, in Asian studies...Tan See Kam, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore..It is timely that a sophisticated discussion of modernity and postmodernity be introduced to Asian Studies, and this text clearly offers a beginning of such an enterprise...Yao Souchou, Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney..Understanding contemporary Asian societies and cultures is not merely a matter of knowing when to bow and how low. Asia looks beyond the clich s and stereotypes to explore the cultural dynamics of the region...The authors show that there is no one 'Asian' culture, but rather a number of experiences and influences which affect societies in the Asian region in different ways. They explore the ongoing impact of the colonial era and examine how current global trends intersect with local traditions and histories...Drawing upon recent advances in critical communication and cultural studies, the authors engage with the cultural politics of information and the public sphere, diasporic movements, religion, the position of women, masculinity and sexuality, providing new insights into contemporary Asian cultures...With examples from countries across the region, Asia provides the tools needed to recognise, understand and discuss Asian cultures and cultural difference.

Acknowledgments..Table and figures..Introduction..1. The idea of Asia..2. Modernity, postmodernity and postcoloniality..3. Globalisation..4. The information age and the global economy ..5. The public sphere ..6. Religion..7. Gender and sexuality..8. Ethnicity..9. Asia without borders..Glossary..Bibliography..Index

ISBN: 9781741150162
ISBN-10: 1741150167
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2001
Edition Number: 1