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In this context, concepts of both sahoe and gyeong je were heavily mobilized in, and supportive of, this frame of knowledge. Both terms implied that society and market were new dimensions distinct from state (a political community with legal authority) and nation (a cultural community based on ethnic homogeneity). Society was regarded as a field in which diverse subjectivities struggled with one another, each for their own goals. In the newspaper Mansebo, the difference between state and society was explained in a series of articles that characterized a society as predicated upon inequality in occupation and property.
49 Such a position is not easily gained, however, and the process of gaining it is just as contested. Today’s acclaimed critic may well be tomorrow’s enervating grumbler. The critic’s audience comes into play here. Critique takes place in complex public settings and is not only a process of simple confrontation. Concepts and the way they are redefined, recontextualized or reinterpreted through the avant-garde again play the key role. In some instances, as in the Thai case (see Chapter 8, pp. 149–68), conceptual change is inflicted through the ruler.
In Arab, the social and the economic had become part of a new Introduction 19 hegemonic vocabulary by around 1908, as Khuri-Makdisi explains (see Chapter 5, pp. 91–110). ). Indeed, Shibli Shumayyil, one of KhuriMakdisi’s protagonists, exemplifies the complexity of conceptual translation and appropriation. He played a key role in introducing the term ‘social’ (al-ijtima‘i ) into the Arab language. A graduate of a Protestant college and thus a polyglot, Shumayyil fused traditional Arab thought, represented by Ibn Khaldun, with the intellectual fashion of his time, the late nineteenth century.