Item description for The Asian Modern: Culture, Capitalist Development, Singapore by C. J. Wan-Ling Wee...
How does one comprehend the phenomenon of the modernization of an Asian society in a globalized East Asian context? With this opening question, the author proceeds to give an account of how the modernization processes for postcolonial societies in Asia, ones such as India, Malaysia, and Singapore, are fraught with collaborations and conflicts between different socio-political, historical, economic and cultural agents. Such ambivalent dynamics contribute to what Wee argues as a 'distortion' of the extant models of Western modernity, which is nonetheless rooted in the politics of worldwide capitalism.
Wee's narrative refuses to accept the uncritical interpretation of the modernizing processes in Asia as liberation from the hegemony of Euro-American capitalism. Nor is Wee prepared to concede that all cultural initiatives in the postcolonial societies are, therefore, denied all power to devise alternative forms of expression in the face of this haunting presence. It is the persistent effort to see the many faces of modernization in Asia in their full complexity that marks this book apart.
Readers will discover that what seems to be the modernization of a single geopolitical entity is inevitably linked to the dynamics of various agents in other locations at different times which makes us reflect on the existence of the many 'distortions' in our societies.
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Studio: Hong Kong University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2007
Publisher Hong Kong University Press
ISBN 9622098592 ISBN13 9789622098596