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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415915434
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Aihwa Ong is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Donald Nonini is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Chinese Transnationalism as an Alternative Modernity 3
1 Nationalists Among Transnationals: Overseas Chinese and the Idea of China, 1900-1911 39
2 Boundaries and Transgressions: Chinese Enterprise in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Southeast Asia 61
3 Space, Mobility, and Flexibility: Chinese Villagers and Scholars Negotiate Power at Home and Abroad 91
4 Factory Regimes of Chinese Capitalism: Different Cultural Logics in Labor Control 115
5 Building Guanxi Across the Straits: Taiwanese Capital and Local Chinese Bureaucrats 143
6 Chinese Modernities: Narratives of Nation and of Capitalism 171
7 Shifting Identities, Positioned Imaginaries: Transnational Traversals and Reversals by Malaysian Chinese 203
8 Transnational Subjects: Constituting the Cultural Citizen in the Era of Pacific Rim Capital 228
9 The Thoroughly Modern "Asian": Capital, Culture, and Nation in Thailand and the Philippines 261
10 Mass Media and Transnational Subjectivity in Shanghai: Notes on (Re)Cosmopolitanism in a Chinese Metropolis 287
Afterword: Toward a Cultural Politics of Diaspora and Transnationalism 323
Notes on Contributors 333
Index 337
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