Download PDF by Hagen Schulz-Forberg: A Global Conceptual History of Asia, 1860-1940

By Hagen Schulz-Forberg

ISBN-10: 1848934726

ISBN-13: 9781848934726

Participants to this quantity discover the altering options of the social and the industrial in the course of a interval of basic switch throughout Asia. They problem authorized motives of ways Western wisdom unfold via Asia and express how flexible Asian intellectuals have been in introducing ecu suggestions and in mixing them with neighborhood traditions.

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The king himself remarked that in Thailand, all people are equal. It is a classless society. Only the king is superior. Obviously, the pre-emptive embrace of the social and the economic through the ruling elites in Thailand was an effort to tone down or even suppress the pos- 18 A Global Conceptual History of Asia, 1860–1940 sibly explosive semantics of the social as it was conceived of in Europe. After all, European conceptions of society were founded on a friction between governing authorities and the citizens as well as between groups of citizens striving to make their varying voices heard and their demands met.

The fact that the terms could be borrowed without Korean vernacular translation shows that a civilization based on a shared history in East Asia played a significant role in the translation and appropriation of Western concepts. Concepts and Social Transformations in Complex Modernization Rather than an independent semantic unit, a concept is part of a semantic structure in which bundles of terminologies are deeply interrelated. In that sense, the importation of Western concepts was not simply introducing specific ideas from the West, but was importing a new paradigmatic frame that could bring about an epistemological break from conventional common sense.

Rather, civilizations are seen in their relations with each other without the a priori assumption that one is trailing behind the other. 56 Modernity creates multiple normativities, and concepts are their building blocks. Concepts have a normative function because of their crucial position in all discourses of legitimacy. Through concepts a temporal horizon, a goal and a supposedly adequate movement towards this goal is semantically constructed. 22 A Global Conceptual History of Asia, 1860–1940 Temporal logics and the spaces in which it is proposed that they unfold characterize the multiple normativities of global modernity.

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