Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality

Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality

by Aihwa Ong
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822322692

ISBN-13: 9780822322696

Pub. Date: 02/19/1999

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Few recent phenomena have proved as emblematic of our era, and as little understood, as globalization. Are nation-states being transformed by globalization into a single globalized economy? Do global cultural forces herald a postnational millennium? Tying ethnography to structural analysis, Flexible Citizenship explores such questions with a focus on the

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Few recent phenomena have proved as emblematic of our era, and as little understood, as globalization. Are nation-states being transformed by globalization into a single globalized economy? Do global cultural forces herald a postnational millennium? Tying ethnography to structural analysis, Flexible Citizenship explores such questions with a focus on the links between the cultural logics of human action and on economic and political processes within the Asia-Pacific, including the impact of these forces on women and family life.
Explaining how intensified travel, communications, and mass media have created a transnational Chinese public, Aihwa Ong argues that previous studies have mistakenly viewed transnationality as necessarily detrimental to the nation-state and have ignored individual agency in the large-scale flow of people, images, and cultural forces across borders. She describes how political upheavals and global markets have induced Asian investors, in particular, to blend strategies of migration and of capital accumulation and how these transnational subjects have come to symbolize both the fluidity of capital and the tension between national and personal identities. Refuting claims about the end of the nation-state and about “the clash of civilizations,” Ong presents a clear account of the cultural logics of globalization and an incisive contribution to the anthropology of Asia-Pacific modernity and its links to global social change.
This pioneering investigation of transnational cultural forms will appeal to those in anthropology, globalization studies, postcolonial studies, history, Asian studies, Marxist theory, and cultural studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822322696
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
02/19/1999
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
863,871
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality1
Pt. 1Emerging Modernities
1The Geopolitics of Cultural Knowledge29
2A "Momentary Glow of Fraternity"55
Pt. 2Regimes and Strategies
3Fengshui and the Limits to Cultural Accumulation87
4The Pacific Shuttle: Family, Citizenship, and Capital Circuits110
Pt. 3Translocal Publics
5The Family Romance of Mandarin Capital139
6"A Better Tomorrow"?: The Struggle for Global Visibility158
Pt. 4Global Futures
7Saying No to the West: Liberal Reasoning in Asia185
8Zones of New Sovereignty214
Afterword: An Anthropology of Transnationality240
Notes245
Bibliography293
Index315

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