Orientalism and the construction of the apolitical Buddhist subject

Authored by: Ian Anthony Morrison

Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415519724
eBook ISBN: 9780203102015
Adobe ISBN: 9781136237966


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Numerous projects have explored the manner through which various subjectivities and practices have been forgotten, marginalized, and/or depoliticized as a result of the dominance of orientalist conceptions of citizenship and the political. Scholars such as Talal Asad (2003), Wendy Brown (2006), Engin Isin (2002a, 2002b, 2005), Sabah Mahmood (2005), and Bryan Turner (2003) have conducted important studies that illustrate the way in which occidental citizenship was historically and discursively constructed through its differentiation from its oriental other. In doing so, these studies remind us that the construction of citizenship, while often masked in the language of universality, is only possible on the basis of multiple relations of alterity.

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