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on 17 February 2013
Aihwa Ong writes with clarity and imagination, enabling the reader to engage and empathise with those who are witnesing the remaking of their citizenship through neoliberal logic. There is no impenetrable writing here, Ong wants you to understand her arguements clearly, to appreciate the dominance of neoliberalism and how it articulates itself in the lives of those in South East Asia. Ong takes issue with Arendt's idea of 'bare life' those who are denied citizenship, arguing that there are spaces for the maginalised to challenge those that exclude them. Ong is also critical of those with power who claim to speak for the maginalised, showing how elite diaspora cyberpublics can misinterpret the demands of domestic groups. Perhaps the most fasciating chapter focusus on the changing valuations of higher education in American Universities, how elite groups seek to use American Business Schools as a stepping stone to become global citizens. Whilst Ong does not use her final chapter to predict the future as many other writers tend to do, she does use the final paragraphs to give us a hint of how Chinese capitalism might provide an alternative to hard edged neoliberalism. An enjoyable read and an insight in to the lives of people making sense of a rapidly changing world.
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