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Published: 13 June 2008
DOI: 10.1215/9780822389026-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8902-6
Published: 05 February 2004
DOI: 10.1215/9780822385769-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8576-9
Published: 10 April 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0758-6
...A Note on Transliteration and Translation I use the common transliteration of Arabic names when used by authors in their non- Arabic works, most of which rely on a simplified French translitera- tion system. For example, I use Waddah Charara and Fawwaz Traboulsi instead of Wa Shar ra and Faww z r...
Published: 14 September 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375210-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7521-0
... The new arenas of contestation that Mumbai’s water infrastructures animate reveal the illusory and precarious nature of the project to remake Mumbai as a world-class city. These dynamics, described as “pipe politics,” gesture instead toward the highly contested futures of the actually existing...
Published: 03 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373148-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7314-8
... Queer militants, both academics and activists, often highlight how the gay movement has become increasingly conservative since the 1970s. Instead of being a progressive force for social justice, these critics point out, the gay movement has helped to cause and sustain a range of social...
Published: 13 January 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373704-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7370-4
... complexity. Instead of coming to rest with a frozen national unity, Fanon instead disintegrates that unity outward, immediately complicating it and insisting that the nation must remain in constant motion if it is not to fall prey to a merely formal liberation. Rather than settling on unity, Fanon’s...
Book Chapter

By Bill Maurer
Published: 14 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375173-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
... Most people around the world buy airtime for their mobile phones on an as-needed basis, instead of having a subscription to a cellular service. In some parts of the world, people started sending airtime credits to one another as a form of payment. This unanticipated use case of the mobile phone...
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... This chapter explores listening practices in a soundwalk through consideration of Luce Irigaray’s ideas about intimate and ethical listening. The conceptualization of love as involving listening that is not yet coded but instead is open to the unknown is discussed as a valuable theoretical model...
Published: 03 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373148-019
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7314-8
... Although this collection outlines numerous challenges facing reform advocates, recent successes suggest that meaningful change is possible. Some of these victories are shared to encourage readers not to allow their anger and injustice to go to waste but instead to mobilize in political...
Published: 14 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375173-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
... After surveying recent innovations in payment technologies, from Square to bitcoin, this chapter poses the question, how does our understanding of money shift if we focus on the act of payment instead of the means of exchange? Exchange is about drawing equivalences. Payment is about the...
Published: 14 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375173-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7517-3
.... Money is a means of accounting. Second, there are different moneys, and money’s evolution is better seen as an additive process: new forms of money do not always replace the old, but instead, old and new intermingle and cohabit in complex monetary ecologies. The chapter also stresses the infrastructures...
Published: 06 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375470-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7547-0
... Slavoj Žižek’s interventions into the fields of culture and politics have characteristic resemblances with what Freud termed “wild analysis”: they are somewhat premature and do not allow the analysand to speak for itself. Instead, Žižek often poses his conclusions in the form of rhetorical...
Published: 13 July 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375289-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7528-9
... Human trafficking is considered modern-day slavery. However, there is rarely any attention to the economic underpinnings of slavery. Instead, governments and human rights advocates pay attention to criminal behaviors that are viewed as aberrations from a just global economic system. The...
Published: 13 July 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374794-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7479-4
..., but instead provide a window-dressing of equality for ongoing conditions of subjection. It argues that these recognition-focused reforms not only fail to provide relief, but also enhance the power, resources, and legitimacy of systems, such as criminal punishment, that continue to endanger trans...
Published: 05 February 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374602-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7460-2
... words alone on canvas; words as art that are equally of art, bespeaking an Aboriginal counterhistory to the Western Desert art movement. The opposite of anomie (or the rapid social change associated with modernization), her work instead demonstrates a present-continuous of a colonial history that is in...
Book Chapter

By Bruce O'Neill
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373278-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7327-8
... boredom and alienation in the global economy. The boredom that characterizes globalization does not drift back and forth over a bourgeoisie, as it did in earlier times, but instead grinds down on those who are alienated from global circuits of production and consumption. The challenge posed by globalism’s...
Published: 17 February 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373339-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7333-9
... how these women’s will is presented and exploited. Again I argue for the illegibility of these women’s will within this digital archive, instead thinking through possible embodied gestures that can help excavate the social afterlife of subjugated women. ...
Published: 11 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375746-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7574-6
... desire, many men chose to regulate that desire by preserving seminal essence and adopting a moderate attitude toward sex. Instead of repressing sexual desire, then, yangsheng can be seen as a practice of its ethical regulation. It is therefore a technique of self-mastery, a way to form an ethical self. ...
Published: 24 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375715-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7571-5
... This chapter explains why the book has used the language of neutrality, instead of the more common term—alienation—to highlight the problems of global labor and social life. Attempting a non-normative analysis with a nonprescriptive ethic, this chapter points out divergent tracks of global life...
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373391-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7339-1
... conceptual conflict, the chapter advocates instead for a Hegelian analysis of the concrete universals and actual institutions that generate the moment of sovereign decision. This reading of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right not only explicates the universalizing ethical life of a modern society; it goes further...