Asia Redux: Conceptualizing a Region for Our Times

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"In the erudite essay that opens this forum, Prasenjit Duara turns to both indigenous thinkers and the premodern past for tools with which to think about Asia in a global age. Contemporary modalities of regional exchange – ‘weakly bounded, network-oriented, pluralistic, multitemporal’ – chime with earlier patterns of cultural circulation without state domination, giving rise to a prophetic vision of ‘Asia Redux’. This attempt to capture the contours of a (re)-emergent region was calculated to provide. And what a debate it kicks off. Wang Hui resolutely reframe imagining Asia as a political project on a world-historical canvas. Tansen Sen greatly complicates the map of intra-Asian commercial exchange in earlier times; Amitav Acharya outlines five competing conceptions of Asia in the domain of international relations alone.; Barbara Watson Andaya teases out the paradoxical way in which regional religions make clashing claims about Asian unity; and Rudolf Mrazek asks, what of the Asia that bleeds? what of exploitation and its spawn, the inglorious ‘built-ends’ of the global economy? The reward for those who read this collection straight through is a thrillingly cacophonous conversation about how to grasp Asia in our time.”
—Karen E. Wigen, Stanford University

“Will a re-emergent Asia extend the violent rivalries and inequalities of Western-dominated empires, nations and capital? Or can Asia somehow draw on a relatively more peaceful past of maritime trade, interlinked religions and circulations beyond states to think and make a very different sort of region and world? Prasenjit Duara and his interlocutors define this vital debate on Asia’s future through illuminating reflections on its recent and deep past. A touchstone for anyone concerned with a future shape of an inter-connected Asia newly possessed of wealth and power”
—Engseng Ho, Duke University

Co-publication: ISEAS / Manohar

Available for worldwide distribution by ISEAS except for South Asia.


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Asia Redux: Conceptualizing a Region for Our Times [Whole Publication] 11.90 USD
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Preliminary pages Download
Introduction, by Jennifer Munger, author 5.00 USD
Asia Redux: Conceptualizing a Region for Our Times, by Prasenjit Duara, author 7.00 USD
The Idea of Asia and Its Ambiguities, by Wang Hui, author 5.00 USD
The Intricacies of Premodern Asian Connections, by Tansen Sen, author 5.00 USD
Asia is Not One, by Amitav Acharya, author 5.00 USD
Response to Prasenjit Duara, “Asia Redux”, by Barbara Watson Andaya, author 5.00 USD
floating. No Gears Shifting, by Rudolf Mrázek, author 6.00 USD
Response to Comments on "Asia Redux", by Prasenjit Duara, author 5.00 USD
Contributors Download
Index Download

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