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Beyond NationTime, Writing, and Community in the Work of Abe K=ob=o$
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Richard Calichman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804797016

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804797016.001.0001

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The Time of Disturbance

The Time of Disturbance

On “Uchinaru henkyō”

(p.53) Two The Time of Disturbance
Beyond Nation

Richard F. Calichman

Stanford University Press

The aim of this chapter is to investigate the relation between time and space in the essay “Uchinaru henkyō.” A certain inconsistency is identified in Abe’s argument, for he appears at moments to conceive of time as a pure movement that unfolds strictly prior to the intervention of space. This is shown to be impossible, and yet Abe’s text also reveals that time and space exist as fundamentally interrelated. This chapter both follows and diverges from Abe to reveal that an entity’s exposure to spatiotemporal inscription takes place from the initial moment of its appearance, and it is for this reason that entities are unable to present themselves as such. Although Abe tends to oppose the movement of time to the fixity of space, the notion of alterity he sets forth involves a generalization of movement to include within it space as well as time.

Keywords:   Political Science, China, Elite politics, Welfare State, Xi Jinping, Deng Xiaoping, Comparative politics, Socialist market economy, Corruption, Party state

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