This edited collection explores affect in nationalism as method of producing inclusion and exclusion in Asia.
In the midst of refugee crises, terrorist attacks and territorial disputes across the globe, nationalism remains a powerful force in generating affects of inclusion and exclusion. In Asia, inter-Asian migration, enabled and disrupted by a history of colonialism, capitalist globalization and political conflicts, has rendered the idea of nation as both politically distinct and culturally malleable. Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia explores the affective politics of Asian nationalism by addressing the entwined structures of precarious belonging and national feelings. Bringing together leading scholars it looks at how the reification of nationalism in social movements, popular sentiments, online groups, and cultural representation directs hatred towards migrant and minority groups across Asia. The book posits that nationalist affects are embedded in the politics of exclusion, and seeks to make room for precarious belongings in the transnational and multicultural present. It should be of interest to students and scholars interested in Asian Cultural Studies, transnationalism, migration and nationalism.
Relationships between affect and national identity are a crucial aspect of the critical perspectivism ushered in by contemporaneity. This book is an important contribution to knowledge of those relationships in Asian contexts. Paul Gladston, Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures and Critical Theory, University of Nottingham
Given the contemporary recrudescence of nationalism in varied forms across Europe, Asia, and North America, this publication is a timely one, providing significant insights from a wide variety of Asian perspectives. Christopher Connery, Professor, World Literature and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
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Chih-ming Wang is Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica. He is the author of Transpacific Articulations: Student Migration and the Remaking of Asian America (University of Hawaii Press, 2013), and guest-editor of the “Asian American Studies in Asia” special issue of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (2012).
Daniel PS Goh is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at National University of Singapore, and the Convener of Cultural Studies Minor and Cultural Studies in Asia PhD Programme. He is the editor of Worlding Multiculturalisms (Routledge, 2015), and co-editor of Race and Multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore (Routledge, 2009).