Asian Cultural Studies:

Michael Dutton

in Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asia

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099746
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206793 | DOI:
Asian Cultural Studies:

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This chapter discusses the radical potential of an Asian Cultural Studies. Asian Cultural Studies is less a new field than a disputed territory where questions of intellectual sovereignty are yet to be settled. For postcolonialism, Cultural Studies is less a sub-area than a kindred spirit. The postmodern, Marxist, literary, and cultural bent of postcolonial scholarship cements this link even though the themes of hybridity, difference, and the centrality of the question of the colonial legacy tend away from many of the themes central to the constitution of Cultural Studies. Moreover, the geographic shift of the field, away from a single largely American-centric focus to one that is now established across an array of Asian centers, opens onto questions that potentially decenter the knowledge, not just geographically, but also intellectually. In both Asian Studies and postcolonialism, then, the ownership claims over an Asian Cultural Studies, while not without validity, are far from being claims to full ownership.

Keywords: Asia; postcolonialism; Cultural Studies; colonial legacy; culture; Marxism

Chapter.  5451 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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