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This brilliant, coruscating book, written by one of the most formidable and original thinkers in Cultural Studies, examines questions of nationality, identity, the use of anecdote to build solidarity and the role of institutions in shaping culture. Ranging across many fields, including film and media, gender, nationality, globalization and popular culture, it provides a mind-clearing exercise in recognizing what culture is, and how it works, today. Illustrated with a fund of relevant and insightful examples, it addresses the central questions in cultural studies today: identity, post-identity, the uses of narrative and textual analysis, the industrial organization of solidarity and the opportunities and dilemmas of globalization.  

An Ethics of Uncertainty: Naoki Sakai's Translation and Subjectivity
An ethics of uncertainty: Naoki Sakai's translation and subjectivity

In Naoki Sakai's first book, Voices of the Past: The Status of Language in Eighteenth Century Japanese Discourse, there is a wonderful passage about a subject with which I am entirely unacquainted, the ethics of Ito Jinsai (a seventeenth century Confucian scholar and critic of Song rationalism), which disconcerts and delights me with a sense of partial familiarity. Expounding the conception of sociality in the Song philosophy of mind, Sakai notes that the primordial agreement of Zhu Xi's ideal community assumed ‘a transparency of communication comparable to the face of a clear mirror’ secured by subduing the ‘dust’ of materiality, the ‘trace’, in Ito's terms, of all the ...

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