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Cross-Cultural Exchange and the Colonial Imaginary

Global Encounters via Southeast Asia

1st Edition

For years, the study of how culture operates in colonial contexts was dominated by the ideas of transmission and influence. Yet the more we learn, the less useful those concepts seem to be. This collection deliberately complicates the binary of colonizer and colonized in order to establish a more effective framework for understanding. The contributors address a wide range of questions, rooted in specific colonial experiences: How can a controversy about forms of deference in Java reveal tensions around colonial policies and the rise of nationalism? What was Vietnamese about the French colonial governor’s palace in Hanoi? What can the circulation of jazz in Asia tell us about its evolution, circuits of exchange, colonial culture, and its appropriation? Through such inquiries, the volume traces the multilinear trajectories of the flow of decorative objects, architectural styles, photographs, sartorial practices, music, deference rituals, and ethnographic knowledge, in a transimperial framework within and beyond Southeast Asia and Europe. Highlighting a wide range of actors along with their motivations and interactions, this volume treats cultural heritage as dynamic processes.

328 pages | 25 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2019

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

Culture Studies

History: Asian History

Music: Ethnomusicology


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Reviews

"This very engaging edited volume presents a variety of perspectives on interactions between the local and the global in Southeast Asia. . . . The volume is easy to read and enjoy, with thought-provoking, thorough, and well-written contributions, complemented by a useful and comprehensive bibliography. The study offers new and welcome insights, while also suggesting new research possibilities in the fields of both cultural studies and history."

Choice

“The book is thus a successful array of fine-grained studies of 'strategies of integration, adaptation, and appropriation as well as resistance' in colonial encounters…. By giving us, post-colonials, a closer view of the exchanges made, the transfers of things, the spaces shared, and relationships formed at this period of Southeast Asia’s history, this book provides us more material for thinking about and working on our present political imaginations.”

Andrea Ragragio | Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde

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