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The Affect of DifferenceRepresentations of Race in East Asian Empire$
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Christopher P. Hanscom and Dennis Washburn

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824852801

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824852801.001.0001

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Representations of Race in East Asian Empire

(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Affect of Difference

Christopher P. Hanscom

Dennis Washburn

University of Hawai'i Press

This essay summarizes the theoretical framework of the collection. The modes and policies of imperial systems make race intelligible through the representational logic of ‘differential inclusion’. This logic is basic to colonial projects that sought to establish race as a baseline, or naturalized state, that could be used to create and sustain a sense of imperial subject-hood. While such racialist politics may be mirrored in concrete developments such as shifts in state boundaries or policies on language and citizenship, it is equally important to stress just how much the criteria for deciding who was to be included as an imperial subject and who was to be excluded depended for their effectiveness upon the affective power of everyday representations of race. Affect may thus be used as an analytical category that brings together the protean constructability of race with its representational function in an imperial politics of inclusion/exclusion.

Keywords:   neo-racism, differential inclusion, politics of assimilation, representational logic, affect, subjectification, sovereignty, imperial formations, intimacy, everyday culture

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