Towards a “contrapuntal” anthropology of the global

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This essay explores the paradox of how Aihwa Ong’s classic work on Chinese-ness managed to remain in but not of China. Identifying the central importance of Edward Said’s notion of “contrapuntal analysis” to Ong’s approach to both Chinese-ness and modernity in general, it suggests the usefulness of this method for an anthropology of the global that seeks to make sense of a world in which American paramountcy is no longer guaranteed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1049-1051
Number of pages3
JournalHAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
Issue number3
Early online date29 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Aihwa Ong
  • Chineseness
  • Contrapuntal anthropology
  • Edward Said


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