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.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory|
|Early online date||29 Sep 2020|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
- Aihwa Ong
- Contrapuntal anthropology
- Edward Said