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By John S. Saul

ISBN-10: 0853455929

ISBN-13: 9780853455929

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Again: ‘Asian economic power is an inescapable reality, whether centred in Japan, Korea, Indonesia or – most powerfully perhaps – in diasporic and mainland China’ (1997:331). Of course, he does not intend to sound alarmist, and the irony of his questions at the end of the above quotation show that he is not on the side of those who would renovate the exclusion machine. His work on Fort Ross is part of an attempt to ‘dislodge a dominant’ and foster a more inclusive heritage history, ‘for a United States with roots and routes in the Asia Pacific’ (1997:303).

Why travelling theory now? Should a critique of anthropology explore the role of ideology in reinforcing the ‘New World Order’ in an era of escalating chaotic conflict by pointing to the vicissitudes of new world ordering, and the textual strategies that might be recruited to facilitate this? In emphasising that the travel metaphor organises Malinowski’s anthropology as it does Clifford’s work, I am not suggesting there are no differences between the two, nor would I want to suggest that postmodernists are secret functionalists (but uncertain ones), or that nothing important is contained in the reflexivity and selfquestioning Clifford displays.

So the text had to be a success and was compared from the beginning to almost every other book: Boon quotes Frazer’s preface comparison of Argonauts with Cervantes and Shakespeare (Boon 1983:133), while Conrad, Joyce, Zola, Freud, Kipling and Frazer are recruited in other commentaries (Ardener 1985; Clifford 1986; Rapport 1990; Stocking 1985; Strathern 1987; Thornton 1985). Already in the letters Elsie Masson was filling Malinowski’s head with grand ideas. She imagines the two of them together on a sea voyage: ‘You know how Robert Louis Stevenson used to cruise around the South Sea Islands in any old ship, and carry out his work all the while, and wring such a lot of romance and interest besides health out of his life’ (in Wayne 1995:40).

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