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In chapter 1, I look at Louis Althusser’s theory of interpellation, focusing on the ways that he allows for its failure. For example, he says “nine times out of ten” that interpellation targets the person it was “really” meant for. My question here is what about the one in ten cases when the wrong person is hailed? I argue that focusing on this one time out of ten actually tells us something about the nine times out of ten as well; these are moments when the failure that is inherent in interpellation is too great to ignore (in the other...

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