Ungrounded Empires

Ungrounded Empires

by Aihwa Ong
     
 

In the last two decades, Chinese transnationalism has become a distinctive domain within the new "flexible" capitalism emerging in the Asia-Pacific region. Ungrounded Empires maps this domain as the intersection of cultural politics and global capitalism, drawing on recent ethnographic research to critique the impact of late capitalism's

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In the last two decades, Chinese transnationalism has become a distinctive domain within the new "flexible" capitalism emerging in the Asia-Pacific region. Ungrounded Empires maps this domain as the intersection of cultural politics and global capitalism, drawing on recent ethnographic research to critique the impact of late capitalism's institutions—flexibility, travel, subcontracting, multiculturalism, and mass media—upon transnational Chinese subjectives. Interweaving anthropology and cultural studies with interpretive political economy, these essays offer a wide range of perspectives on "overseas Chinese" and their unique location in the global arena.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415915434
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Chinese Transnationalism as an Alternative Modernity3
1Nationalists Among Transnationals: Overseas Chinese and the Idea of China, 1900-191139
2Boundaries and Transgressions: Chinese Enterprise in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Southeast Asia61
3Space, Mobility, and Flexibility: Chinese Villagers and Scholars Negotiate Power at Home and Abroad91
4Factory Regimes of Chinese Capitalism: Different Cultural Logics in Labor Control115
5Building Guanxi Across the Straits: Taiwanese Capital and Local Chinese Bureaucrats143
6Chinese Modernities: Narratives of Nation and of Capitalism171
7Shifting Identities, Positioned Imaginaries: Transnational Traversals and Reversals by Malaysian Chinese203
8Transnational Subjects: Constituting the Cultural Citizen in the Era of Pacific Rim Capital228
9The Thoroughly Modern "Asian": Capital, Culture, and Nation in Thailand and the Philippines261
10Mass Media and Transnational Subjectivity in Shanghai: Notes on (Re)Cosmopolitanism in a Chinese Metropolis287
Afterword: Toward a Cultural Politics of Diaspora and Transnationalism323
Notes on Contributors333
Index337

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