By K. Robinson
This new number of essays explores questions of subjectification, selfhood and id within the modern Asia Pacific, interpreting the way in which that migrant lives show the complicated interaction of neighborhood and international strategies within the post-Cold struggle period, and jointly wondering the newness of the 'global age' during this sector.
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And trans. by Stuart Robson. Leiden: KITLV Press. Siegel, James T. (1997) Fetish, Recognition, Revolution. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Swearer, Donald K. and Sommai Premchit (1998) The Legend of Queen Cama: Bodhiramsi’s Camadevivamsa, a Translation and Commentary. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. 36 Self-recognition and Self-discovery Teeuw, A. and S. O. Robson, eds. and trans. (1981) Kunjarakarna Dharmakathana: Liberation Through the Law of the Buddha, An Old Javanese Poem by Mpu Dusun.
She had never witnessed a person in her death agony. She did not tremble, encircled by death. She felt so close, such a friend to them all, and in a little while she would become a part of all who are here. Death? What lies on the other side of death? In any case, she will not be meeting up with Plikemboh, not with anyone. Why are people afraid of it? Why aren’t I? When the smallpox begins to enter my body and death surely arrives … no, she isn’t trembling with fear. To be cursed by my parents is in any case a more terrible calamity than death.
Although my remarks are structured chronologically, my thinking about the issues raised is not. History is not linear, teleological or simple. In Western historical terms, it is conventional to think of the emergence of the autonomous individual, possessed of both a self and subjectivity, at the end of the eighteenth century. According to this historical model, gradually during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the autonomous person was transformed into a subject who appeared ‘as the empty, ideological image of mass culture’ and a self who was but ‘a disintegrating play of selves’, to quote from the introduction to a book on ‘autonomy, individuality, and the self in Western thought’ (Heller et al.
Asian and Pacific Cosmopolitans: Self and Subject in Motion by K. Robinson