Asia

Asia

by David Birch, Tony Schirato, Sanjay Srivastava
     
 

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This concise introduction to contemporary Asian societies goes beyond the clichés and stereotypes to explore the cultural dynamics of the region. Bringing together a range of excellent "Asian" experiences, the authors show that there is no one "Asian" culture. They explore the impact of the colonial era and examine how current global trends intersect with

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This concise introduction to contemporary Asian societies goes beyond the clichés and stereotypes to explore the cultural dynamics of the region. Bringing together a range of excellent "Asian" experiences, the authors show that there is no one "Asian" culture. They explore the 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 survey the politics of the information age, religion, the position of women, sexuality, and ethnic identity. With examples from countries across the region, Asia provides the tools needed to recognize, understand, and discuss Asian cultures and cultural difference.

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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, University of Sydney

Tan See Kam
A valuable introductory book for students, Western or otherwise, in Asian Studies.
Booknews
Emphasizing that Asia is perhaps the most culturally diverse region in the world, Birch (communication, Deakin U., Australia), Schirato (communication studies, U. of Otago, New Zealand), and Srivastava (communication and cultural studies, Deakin U.) explore various themes of how local cultural traditions and historical realities are interacting with processes of economic and cultural globalization. Far from homogenizing Asia, the forces of globalization are reacted to in different ways, depending on cultural contexts. Separate chapters explore the information age, the public sphere, religion, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, and diasporas. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312293765
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.65(d)

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