Global/Local: Cultural Production and the Transnational Imaginary / Edition 1

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This groundbreaking collection focuses on what may be, for cultural studies, the most intriguing aspect of contemporary globalization—the ways in which the postnational restructuring of the world in an era of transnational capitalism has altered how we must think about cultural production. Mapping a "new world space" that is simultaneously more globalized and localized than before, these essays examine the dynamic between the movement of capital, images, and technologies without regard to national borders and the tendency toward fragmentation of the world into increasingly contentious enclaves of difference, ethnicity, and resistance.
Ranging across issues involving film, literature, and theory, as well as history, politics, economics, sociology, and anthropology, these deeply interdisciplinary essays explore the interwoven forces of globalism and localism in a variety of cultural settings, with a particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. Powerful readings of the new image culture, transnational film genre, and the politics of spectacle are offered as is a critique of globalization as the latest guise of colonization. Articles that unravel the complex links between the global and local in terms of the unfolding narrative of capital are joined by work that illuminates phenomena as diverse as "yellow cab" interracial sex in Japan, machinic desire in Robocop movies, and the Pacific Rim city. An interview with Fredric Jameson by Paik Nak-Chung on globalization and Pacific Rim responses is also featured, as is a critical afterword by Paul Bové.
Positioned at the crossroads of an altered global terrain, this volume, the first of its kind, analyzes the evolving transnational imaginary—the full scope of contemporary cultural production by which national identities of political allegiance and economic regulation are being undone, and in which imagined communities are being reshaped at both the global and local levels of everyday existence.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Challenging, provocative, informative, and giving full substance to the interrelations of the global and local, these essays carry the reader through a marvelously rich range of materials just where intellectual life in the humanities and social sciences today is most vital."—Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh
Social Semiotics
A timely volume addressing contemporary issues concerning cultural production. The bold and the innovative step that this volume takes is to confront new issues on every front: new theories of how the global and the local are reconfigured in new spatial configurations, new zones of research and a new vocabulary of interactive cultural communication. Few other works have ventured into what is a hotly debated terrain today, having addressed partial aspects, without the all-encompassing sweep of this volume.
Pacific Affairs
The issues raised are significant in a world context in which conventional paradigms are not necessarily useful in comprehending forces that pay little heed to administrative boundaries and have scant respect for older control echanisms, such as the nation-state. . . . The treatments are as unconventional as the topics. [V]astly entertaining.
American Literary History
Global/Local strikes an impressive balance between theoretical explorations of how the global shapes the local and more particularized treatments of the disorientation and transformative impact of migrants as registered in cultural forms and expressions.
College Literature
This volume poses the necessary challenge to a field of study that is on the brink of intellectual impasse and begs for further theoretical expansion and intervention.
Canadian Literature
[I]n essay after essay [one finds] a patient attentiveness to the complexities of cultural identity and exchange, and an equally impressive determination to expose racism and exploitation, however well disguised they might be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822317128
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Wilson is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Reimagining the American Pacific and coeditor of Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production, both published by Duke University Press. Wimal Dissanayake is editor of East-West Film Journal.

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Table of Contents

Introductory: Tracking the Global/Local 1
The Global in the Local 21
Localism, Globalism, and Cultural Identity 46
A Borderless World? From Colonialism to Transnationalism and the Decline of the Nation-State 78
Real Virtuality 107
Phobic Spaces and Liminal Panics: Independent Transnational Film Genre 119
From the Imperial Family to the Transnational Imaginary: Media Spectatorship in the Age of Globalization 145
Flirting with the Foreign: Interracial Sex in Japan's "International" Age 173
Desiring the Involuntary: Machinic Assemblage and Transnationalism in Deleuze and Robocop 2 193
In Whose Interest? Transnational Capital and the Production of Multiculturalism in Canada 219
Globalism's Localisms 255
The Oceanic Feeling and the Regional Imaginary 284
Goodbye Paradise: Global/Localism in the American Pacific 312
The Case of the Emergent Cultural Criticism Columns in Taiwan's Newspaper Literary Supplements: Global/Local Dialectics in Contemporary Taiwanese Public Culture 337
South Korea as Social Space 348
Afterword: "Global/Local" Memory and Thought 372
Index 387
Contributors 397
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