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Ontologies of connection, reconstruction of memory
Jeremy C.A. Smith

emergent capitalism, which has been consubstantial with subsuming colonialism, has transformed the meaning of the Pacific’s geography. Arif Dirlik is right to highlight the discourse of the ‘Rim’ (1997:  129–​45). But the discourse is neither all-​powerful, nor pervasive. The Pacific’s past is polycentric and its forms of memory embrace connected centres, a continuous mythology (both temporally and spatially), particular historicities and an unusual mode of inter-​cultural engagement. For critical generalisation to be possible, an appreciation of this mode of engagement

in Debating civilisations
Jeremy C.A. Smith

(but see Smith, 2014c). This chapter completes the in-​depth studies of Part II. I have fathomed particular examples of inter-​civilisational engagement. My survey includes oceanic civilisations, the Oceanian civilisation, Latin American movements of political and cultural engagements and, finally, Japan’s exceptional encounter with the West and instances of political and cultural engagement that ensued. I have examined, to varying degrees in all cases, the four dimensions of inter-​ civilisational engagement to support my critical synthesis of the illuminating

in Debating civilisations
Perspectives on civilisation in Latin America
Jeremy C.A. Smith

its position south of the United States, yet vitally enriched by many traditions. The neglect of Latin America’s multi-​civilisational history was not only the sin of Europeans. 156 156 Debating civilisations The post-​revolutionary technocratic state in Mexico was fanatically positivist. Its investment in positivism left the state unreceptive to the many civilisational identities and influences that formed Mexico. His preference was cultural engagement. Reyes responded to the aftermath of the 1910 revolution with caution, asserting culture over violence and

in Debating civilisations
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Uses and critiques of ‘civilisation’
Jeremy C.A. Smith

23 Civilisations debated 23 across dimensions of migration, economic movements and connections, cultural engagement and the political reconstruction of civilisational models. Historical engagement entails dis-​engagement also. The non-​borrowings, dissonances and conflicts of civilisations are noted alongside cases of fragmentation and the collapse of large empires. The outline of inter-​civilisational engagement in Chapter 4 is broad in scope. I pepper the argument with examples to illustrate key points. One aim of Debating Civilisations is to sketch an

in Debating civilisations
P. G. Wodehouse, transatlantic romances in fiction, and the Anglo-American relationship
Finn Pollard

dividing his time physically between the two nations, a process connected to the London theatre of the time. This chapter will achieve two things. First, it places Wodehouse’s fictional representation of Anglo-American relations in the context of other contemporary cultural engagements, showing how he borrowed and challenged these alternative approaches. Second, it evaluates the significance of Wodehouse’s imagining, practicing, and advocating for closer Anglo-American relationships in these years, relationships that he saw in largely positive terms. His career and

in Culture matters
Dominant approaches
M. Anne Brown

emphasis seems to remain on declaratory standards, which while important can give a false promise of clarity, rather than on the shared activities normally associated with learning. Despite the work of a range of UN organisations, as well as various bilateral and multilateral bodies and programmes, opportunities for learning at the sites of abuse – and so for changes in both behaviour and understanding among those engaged in abusive relations – remain relatively unexplored. These are areas of dialogue and practical cross-cultural engagement, supported by a range of non

in Human rights and the borders of suffering
David Rowe

cross-national/cultural engagement. For this reason, sport, among other cultural forms such as the visual and performing arts, has been championed in the White Paper and elsewhere as a promising domain of diplomacy (broadly defined as encompassing political, economic, social and cultural exchange in both formal and informal environments).34 The place of sport within Australian diplomacy of different kinds now requires more detailed exploration. Sport and diplomacy in Australia In seeking to capture an elusive concept there is a significant and growing body of

in Sport and diplomacy
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Philip Begley

resistant to many of his initiatives, but despite this campaigns were launched and local clubs were established. 125 Groups like the Anglo-Asian and Anglo-Caribbean Conservative Societies aimed to encourage political and cultural engagement and on some level to engender Conservative sympathies. The impact of such groups was real and meaningful; Rowe has argued that there was ‘considerable progress’ in tackling the internal racism, but as a whole their success may have been limited by the machinations of the party at a national level. 126 In particular, the Leader

in The making of Thatcherism