Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia by William Callahan

By William Callahan

This text examines the politics of tradition and the tradition of politics in Pacific Asia via case reviews at the South Pacific, China, South Korea, Thailand and Southeast Asia. The contexts and cultures of the chapters are wide-ranging and Callahan skilfully ties them including the target of studying the relation among the state’s cultural governance and resistance to it.

The subject matters lined include:

  • governmentality and cultural construction
  • popular tradition and resistance
  • East/West family members
  • gender, id and democracy
  • civil society, social events and democracy
  • national and transnational identification construction.

Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia addresses the dynamics among Asian stories and cultural reviews, and the overlap among comparative politics and diplomacy, and as such will entice scholars and students of Asian reviews, cultural stories, comparative politics, sociology and anthropology alike.

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In the 1990s, part of the island was still off-limits to personnel because of a spillage of Agent Orange in the early 1970s. The reassurance narrative of scientific expertise also drowns out JACADS’s own troubled history. 33 Moreover, rather than cleaning up the environment, JACADS has produced a new range of dangerous pollutants. ”35 To overcome its own messy history, the army uses technical language to legitimate the project and reassure the public that the disposal system is safe: the orderly and rational phrases “normal operations” and “standard operating procedures” are often pronounced at public hearings and written in the EIS.

In short, while the army directs our gaze to the technology of the JACADS incinerators, this chapter focuses on the technology of the “chemical weapons disposal” discourse. ”8 Although poststructuralist analysis is often criticized for depoliticizing issues, this chapter will end with a set of policy proposals that appeal to a broader notion of civil society that includes peoples beyond the boundaries of any particular nation-state. Geography and representations Geography is central in both the positioning of JACADS in the “empty” Pacific and Pacific Islanders’ resistance to it.

But this phrase means only that the chosen technology is the best one available of its kind, which does not necessarily mean that the technology is safe. Indeed, state-of-the-art also means experimental. 37 But such questions cannot be raised within the army’s vocabulary, which works to delegitimize chemical weapons disposal techniques that might be safer than incineration. 39 Military performances The military presented its case at a public hearing in downtown Honolulu on March 20, 1990, deploying the discursive weapons of “science and expertise” loaded with state-of-the-art cultural ammunition.

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