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The Cultural Capital of Asian American StudiesAutonomy and Representation in the University$
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Mark Chiang

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717004

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717004.001.0001

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From Cultural Politics to Cultural Capital

From Cultural Politics to Cultural Capital

(p.22) 1 From Cultural Politics to Cultural Capital (p.23)
The Cultural Capital of Asian American Studies

Mark Chiang

NYU Press

This chapter contrasts articulations of difference in Asian American cultural studies with Pierre Bourdieu's model of relational analysis between field and capital. Although both of these concepts consider social relations as a dynamic system of negative differences, they vary extremely regarding their purpose—the former is committed to an antirealist and antirepresentational epistemology whereas the latter seeks to decipher the inequalities of a social order constituted by the structure of distribution of capital Asian American literature. As such, one detrimental consequence of Asian American cultural studies' rejection of the abjected troika of identity-essentialism-representation is that it obscures the relations of capital linking the university to the polity by attempting to (re)construct that relation as one of nonrepresentation.

Keywords:   Asian American cultural studies, field, capital, social relations

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