Europe and the Asia-Pacific: Culture, Identity and Representations of Region / Edition 1

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The many points of contact and conflict about culture and identity that exist between Europe and the Asia Pacific are highlighted in this book. This work surveys a variety of issues relating to culture, identity and representation from an interdisciplinary perspective, with contributions from sociology, economics, history, politics, international relations, security studies, museum studies, translation studies and literary and cultural studies. Each brings a different perspective to bear on questions of culture and identity in the contemporary period, and how these relate to the politics of representation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415297240
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Lawson is a Professor of International Relations at the University of East Anglia. She is author of two books and many articles and chapters on comparative and international politics, focusing mainly on Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific encompassing normative issues to do with culture, nationalism, ethnicity, democracy and human rights.

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Table of Contents

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Notes on contributors
1 Culture, identity and representations of region 1
2 Europe in Asia's imaginary: disciplinary knowledges and the (mis)representation of cultures 17
3 Representing 'old countries': the strategic representation of culture as heritage in the Asia-Europe Summit Meetings 33
4 Making uncommon cause: forging identities on the margins of ASEM 50
5 Problems of symmetry and summitry in the EU-Australian relationship 66
6 Europe in the Asia-Pacific: the Russian Far East faces its future 86
7 Northern Territories or Southern Kuriles: a question of identity? 101
8 Security communities in East Asia and Europe: Germany, Japan and the politics of alliance 118
9 An in/alienable narrative? Property rights in China and the West 135
10 Translation, nationhood and cultural manipulation: the case of China 152
11 Constructing 'Japan in Asia' 168
12 Yokomitsu Riichi and the longing for home in the Japanese imagination of France 183
13 Collecting East Asia in nineteenth-century Britain 195
14 The enduring power of stereotypes: images of Islam in Western writings 212
15 The politics of cultural identity: critical perspectives from Southeast Asia and the South Pacific 229
Index 244
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