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Remaking Area StudiesTeaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific$
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Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Goss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833213

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833213.001.0001

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Asia Pacific Studies in an Age of Global Modernity

Asia Pacific Studies in an Age of Global Modernity

(p.5) Chapter 1 Asia Pacific Studies in an Age of Global Modernity
Remaking Area Studies

Arif Dirlik

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter first identifies a number of political-economic developments shaping the crisis in area studies, with particular reference to Asia Pacific studies. It then considers alternative ways of reimagining regional geographies and issues. It notes the significance of the end of the Cold War for the modernization discourse and spatial categories that emerged in the post-World War II period. Coupled with the rise of new centers of global power, this has destabilized some fundamental aspects of the area studies project and given rise to a number of alternative ways of claiming knowledge about Asia and the Pacific. The chapter discusses the distinctive characteristics of these overlapping trends: civilization studies, oceanic studies, the “Asianization of Asian studies,” diasporic studies, and indigenous studies. It concludes that no single approach is likely to meet all the needs of more appropriate forms of area studies while avoiding complicity with the neoliberal ideology of globalization.

Keywords:   area studies, Asia Pacific studies, regional geographies, modernization, global power, civilization studies, oceanic studies

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