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Title: The construction of spatial regional identities: The case of the Baltic in a global context
Authors: Turner, B. 
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Citation: Turner, B. (2010-11). The construction of spatial regional identities: The case of the Baltic in a global context. Asia Europe Journal 8 (3) : 317-326. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Comparative interregionalism is often limited to the policy or panoramic dimension, reducing local differences and specificities, the "minute particulars" (Blake, William Blake's Writings, 614, 620, 1978) of the lifeworld to their more abstract forms. This is particularly the case when the European Union (EU) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are compared: generalities remain abstractions, whereas the sharper the focus the more diffferentiated the mindscape becomes and the more the basis for the comparison is undermined. Yet, in a global knowledge networked economy (to get all the buzzwords in one phrase), comparisons are necessary if often invidious. While commentators are often reluctant to see the EU as a model for ASEAN, it is often seen as a complex of experiences to be shared. Yet what-in this domain-gets exported, transplanted and implanted elsewhere, how does this transference take place in such an internetted society, and to what end? Seen in an interregional, even global context, and including an examination of teaching Günter Grass' Crabwalk (Im Krebsgang, 2002) in English translation to undergraduates of a contemporary European literature class at the National University of Singapore, the paper hopes to indicate some temporal and spatial contexts of transplantation and the means by which this is achieved. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.
Source Title: Asia Europe Journal
ISSN: 16102932
DOI: 10.1007/s10308-010-0270-y
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