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Record number 519592
Title Orientalism/Occidentalism
Author(s) Minca, C.; Ong, C.E.
Source In: The International Encyclopedia of Geography / Richardson, Douglas, Castree, Noel, Goodchild, Michael, Kobayashi, Audrey, Liu, Weidong, Marston, Richard, London : Wiley-Blackwell - ISBN 9781118786352 - 4 p.
Department(s) Cultural Geography
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2017
Abstract Orientalism and Occidentalism are interrelated concepts. Orientalism is defined in three keys ways: (i) as a study of “the Orient”; (ii) as a cultural and aesthetic concern with “the Orient”; and (iii) as a critical approach to understanding the construction of “the Orient” by European and American cultural authorities. Current geographical works have focused largely on the third. Defined in a critical way, Orientalism is also an idealized European vision that consisted of a long-lasting collection of theory and practices with an elaborate material setup. Occidentalism, the calculated construction of “the West” or “the Occident” as a unified entity, is an inversion of the Western imaginary, a counterdiscourse to Orientalism, and a stage for thinking about and realizing alternative or new approaches. These definitions differ in terms of their recognition of the strength and durability of Western imperialism in orchestrating Orientalism.
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