The magic is gone

Liam C. Kelley

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In the 1990s, with the end of the Cold War and the rise of cultural studies, an interdisciplinary academic field that critically examines topics like power and social relations, some people started to question the role of area studies in general, and Asian Studies in particular. There were those, for instance, who argued that area studies was a conservative endeavour that was complicit in supporting imperialism, whereas others argued that the general focus on nation states in area studies was an outdated approach that did not address or explain the many transnational processes that globalisation was making evident.

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