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Published: 29 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374510-016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7451-0
... This chapter offers an overview of Stuart Hall’s approach to diaspora, placing the emphasis on his conjunctural analysis of the “ethnic signifier” as it is articulated in different social formations, such as postindependence Jamaica and post-Empire Britain. It is argued that the cultural studies...
Published: 29 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374510-015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7451-0
... This chapter offers an overview of Stuart Hall’s approach to diaspora, placing the emphasis on his conjunctural analysis of the “ethnic signifier” as it is articulated in different social formations, such as postindependence Jamaica and post-Empire Britain. It is argued that the cultural...
Published: 13 May 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374367-014
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7436-7
... questions the teleological coming-out discourse that posits the act of leaving home—family, country of origin, or signifiers of one’s assigned sex—as a prerequisite for actualizing one’s lived gender; through the medium of craft, it also disrupts the problematically gendered logic of transnational capital...
Published: 13 May 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7436-7
... This essay argues that the engagement of social difference from the standpoint of disability could prove to be especially provocative within critical ethnic studies. Building on the work of Hortense Spillers, the essay questions the assumption that the acquisition of a disabled identity...
Published: 07 October 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373643-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7364-3
... coextensive with the network of genetic data points. Second, ethnicity is rendered an immutable mobile that circulates databases beyond tiny Singapore, making the infrastructure at once situated, flexible, and expansive. Third, the ethnic signifier carries affective value that enhances a sense of what is at...
Book Chapter

By Aihwa Ong
Published: 07 October 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7364-3
... a supple membrane coextensive with the network of genetic data points. Second, ethnicity is rendered an immutable mobile that circulates databases beyond tiny Singapore, making the infrastructure at once situated, flexible, and expansive. Third, the ethnic signifier carries affective value that...
Published: 07 October 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373643-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7364-3
... coextensive with the network of genetic data points. Second, ethnicity is rendered an immutable mobile that circulates databases beyond tiny Singapore, making the infrastructure at once situated, flexible, and expansive. Third, the ethnic signifier carries affective value that enhances a sense of what is at...
Published: 19 November 2013
DOI: 10.1215/9780822377450-021
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7745-0
... missionary encounter and colonial con- quest emerged the idea that people lived in discrete tribes in which a shared language and geography composed an ethnic or tribal identity. The various tribes that today make up South Africa—­Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, and so on—­took shape only in the 1800s. [W]ith...
Published: 01 January 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373957-034
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7395-7
... Omi and Howard Winant describe it in Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s as “a concept which signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by referring to different types of human bodies.”1 For the purposes of these reflections...
Published: 01 January 2013
DOI: 10.1215/9780822377566-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7756-6
... Bridal Mask [Kaksit’al] and The Iron Flute [Soet’ungso].1 These extremely popular works have been touted as models of “nationalist” narrative comics. However, contrary to popular perceptions, they illustrate complex and ambivalent interactions among the signifiers of ethnicity, nation, and social...
Published: 25 February 1988
DOI: 10.1215/9780822381501-014
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8150-1
... messiah; oth• ers, as signifying Jewish reentry into 11istory. Only a few did not see, or purposely averted their eyes from seeing, the heavy personal and communal price paid for statehood, both by Jews and by oth• ers. But considering all the historical and contemporary alterna• tives, this price...
Published: 27 March 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822392293-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9229-3
... ethnic struggle [issai ni minzokuteki t�s� wo hakki shi] and Þght for worker hegemony as a leftist labor union.4 As of January 1930, however, it was clear that the vast majority of former R�s� members did not join Zenky�. Historian Pak Kyung-shik has shown that, while there were...
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822391517-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9151-7
... signifies his success as a businessman and his arrival on an exclusive social scene. Yet in the black entertainment industry some form of dandyism or play with costume and couture has always been de rigueur. For those attending church services, a smart three-piece suit, a hat, gloves, and maybe even...
Published: 25 February 1988
DOI: 10.1215/9780822381501-013
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8150-1
... Soviet Union. Tribal and religious elements gaineq the upper hand, temporarily replacing the Pushtun ruler (the Pushtuns have been Afghanistan's largest ethnic group for centuries, and once ruled an empire stretch• ing to the Indus and beyond) with a Tajik ex-bandit who took the name of Amir...
Published: 01 January 2013
DOI: 10.1215/9780822377566-011
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7756-6
... shows the image of the parking attendant with whom the man had just been arguing. The woman’s visage and her attractiveness now signify an otherworldly vitality. Embedded in this short film and in the Möbius strip of the phrase “face value” are questions concerning the meaning and function of...
Book Chapter

By Monica L. Miller
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822391517-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9151-7
... Adams, Style and Grace, and McCollom, The Way We Wore. 23. Fillin-Yeh, “Preface,” Dandies, ed. Susan Fillin-Yeh, ix. 24. Powell, “Sartor Africanus,” in Dandies, ed. Susan Fillin-Yeh, 224. 25. Ibid., 225. 26. Roach, Cities of the Dead, xi. 27. Signifying was first famously theorized by...
Published: 25 February 1988
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8150-1
... and the rights of women and ethnic minorities, the Mujahidin stated that complete freedom of the press, the activity of political parties, and the holding of po• litical rallies, irrespective of belief or ideological principles, would be granted: It is our firm Islamic belief that as long as...
Published: 19 November 2013
DOI: 10.1215/9780822377450-100
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7745-0
... based in most of these camps. There is however an even more important reason why these camps are a bad idea. They signify victory for the xenophobes. The message Zille has sent out is that if you purge your community of people different to you, you can get away with it. The purged will lose and...
Published: 25 February 1988
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8150-1
... messiah; oth• ers, as signifying Jewish reentry into 11istory. Only a few did not see, or purposely averted their eyes from seeing, the heavy personal and communal price paid for statehood, both by Jews and by oth• ers. But considering all the historical and contemporary alterna• tives, this price...
Published: 01 January 2013
DOI: 10.1215/9780822377566-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7756-6
... about how images signify within this cultural economy to inquiries into the role of celeb- rity in the national imaginary. What role do stars play in mediating fantasy in any given historical period? What does one make of the preponderance of affective reg- isters that circulate within these...