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PROFILE

Phillip George:

Night Vision and the Post-Oriental

by Adam Geczy

The succession of crises between the Middle East and the West that have marred the opening years of the new millennium has made a reexamination of the term Occidentalism inevitable. The key issue is not how the West perceives the Other, but rather, how the Other perceives us. This already complex reversal becomes even more complex when we consider that this abstract Other is only thus viewed from a Western point of reference. “Asia,” for instance, is a grand generalization left behind by Western…

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