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With its specific focus on Asia, this anthology constitutes an excursion into the realm of transversality, or the state of 'postethnicity,' which, the book argues, has come to characterize the global culture of our times. Hwa Yol Jung brings together prominent contemporary thinkers—including Thich Nhat Hanh, Edward Said, and Judith Butler—to address this fundamental and important aspect of comparative political theory. The book is divided into three parts. Part One demythologizes Eurocentrism, deconstructing the privilege of modern Europe as the world's cultural, scientific, religious, and moral capital. Part Two traces the rise of Asian thought and the process of East-West cultural hybridization, while Part Three introduces the concept of the 'global citizen.' Jung's anthology reveals a postmodern multiculturalism whose new philosophical matrix transgresses the existing cultural and intellectual typology to offer new understanding of today's pluralistic world.

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Tracy B. Strong
This excellent collection is an eye-opener: not only is a truly comparative political theory possible, but, as testified by the essays gathered here, the basic materials—both conceptual and substantive—already exist. One can only hope that Western political thought will now venture farther down the road that Hwa Yol Jung has made available.
Eliot S. Deutsch
Comparative Political Culture in the Age of Globalization is a much needed and richly textured introduction to comparative political theory. The collection of essays focusing on political culture is set within broader philosophical contexts— phenomenological, deconstructive, hermeneutic—and provides the reader with convincing arguments for the importance, indeed today the necessity, of a global perspective that gives credence to a plurality of values and ways of making human experience intelligible.
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Hwa Yol Jung is Professor of Political Science at Moravian College.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Beyond Eurocentrism Chapter 2 Everywhere and Nowhere Chapter 3 The Myth of the Other: China in the Eyes of the West Chapter 4 The Dream of a Butterfly Chapter 5 The Joy of Textualizing Japan: A Metacommentary on Ronald Barthe's Empire of Signs Chapter 6 Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses Part 7 Asian Thought in the Age of Globalization Chapter 8 Can Asians Think? Chapter 9 The Order of Interbeing Chapter 10 The Forms of Culture of the Classical Periods of East and West Seen from a Metaphysical Perspectives Chapter 11 The Significance of Ethics as the Study of Man Chapter 12 Beyond the Enlightenment Mentality Chapter 13 Is Culture Destiny? The Myth of Asia's Anti-Democratic values Chapter 14 Conceptualizing Human Beings Part 15 Toward a Transtopia Chapter 16 The Problem of Language in Cross-Cultural Studies Chapter 17 Universality in Culture Chapter 18 The Clash of Definitions Chapter 19 Hermeneutical Circles, Rehetorical Triangles, and Transversal Diagonals Chapter 20 Political Prosaics, Transversal Politics, and the Anarchical World Chapter 21 Polis and Cosmopolis

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