Hegemony and Resistance in the Asia-Pacific

Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies Volume 3 Number 2 December 2005

Push and Pull (2005) © Tevita Havea

Welcome to Volume 3 Number 2 of the Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies.

In this edition contributors have addressed the theme of 'Hegemony and Resistance in the Asia-Pacific'.

Individual and community experience in the Asia-Pacific region is characterised by deep disparities drawn along the lines of class, race, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, nationality, and faith. These disparities are the material evidence of continued domination of certain groups by others through a combination of political and ideological means – or hegemony.

While the scope of this conceptualisation of hegemony might differ from Gramsci’s original, there is no doubt that his assertion that the exercise of power pervades life from macro- to micro-experience still holds true. Indeed, if we are to glance quickly at our own nations, cities, neighbourhoods or even homes – as some of the contributors to this edition do – then the exercise of hegemonic power will become only too apparent.

Concomitantly, power, in the Foucaultian sense, is never a zero-sum game. Instead, power is always contingent, always in the making, never complete and always subject to contestation and resistance. Moreover, because hegemonic power pervades all aspects of our lives, the opportunities to resist it or at least contest its meanings are also ever present.

The contributions in this issue offer different approaches to understanding hegemony and resistance in the Asia-Pacific region. Ranging from everyday experience to institutional politics and from consumption to security, they each remind us of the continued centrality of questions of power to an understanding of the Asia-Pacific region and indeed the world.


Table of contents
Volume 3 Number 2 December 2005 contents (128.3 kB, PDF)
Hegemony and Resistance in the Asia-Pacific (128.3 kB, PDF)
Push and Pull
Tevita Havea - cover artwork (393.7 kB, PDF)


Creative writing

The Final Confession of Mistress Wang
Tonglu Li (384.7 kB, PDF)


Brydee Rood - with an interview by Winsome Wild (667.5 kB, PDF)