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boundary 2 (2019) 46 (2): 235–239.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Zhao Chuan; Lennet Daigle World Factory is a Grass Stage production that has been performed all over China, elsewhere in Asia, and in North America. It focuses on China’s role as site of the “world factory,” whose first incarnation was in Manchester at the dawn of industrial capitalism. A recurring...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (2): 53–79.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Christian Thorne This essay poses the question, Is it possible to write a novel about the entire world? Is it possible to tell stories whose narrators travel from continent to continent? If yes, why are there so few of them? The essay proceeds in three acts: First, it assesses the accounts of world...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (3): 313–335.
Published: 01 August 2016
... of strikes and syndicates in a European factory, when the students at the American University of Beirut would demonstrate against the war in Viet- nam. This world, wrapped in one overarching canvass on which clear fault lines were drawn between left and right, has vanished. This was a world...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (2): 12–23.
Published: 01 May 2015
... coexisted with feudal institutions as well as with economic institutions that did not have economic power, such as retail- ers and producers of humble goods. Braudel did not live to witness the financial crisis that engulfed the world in 2008, but he would have smiled at the phrases that became...
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boundary 2 (2012) 39 (1): 69–86.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Ahmed Jdey History has its own laws and its own tricks. Dictators, who are inherently antihistorical, do not realize it; yet humanity, in its rich and exciting trajectory, continues to instruct the great dictators and despots of the world about the force of history, in Africa as well as Asia, in...
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boundary 2 (2011) 38 (2): 207–227.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Christopher Connery The 2010 Shanghai World Expo lasted from May 1 through October 31, 2010, and represented a tremendous mobilization of capital, human resources, and urban restructuring. It was in every respect a massive spectacle, giving its 70-plus million attendees (overwhelmingly from the PRC...
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boundary 2 (2011) 38 (1): 77–100.
Published: 01 February 2011
... recent years, Chinese policy makers have again used the Confucius label as part of their “charm offensive” to win friends and influence in the world. This essay traces the major interpretations of Confucius and the social manifestations of those evaluations in the twentieth century, culminating in the...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 177–198.
Published: 01 May 2009
... , 1963) and `Abd al-Rahman Munif's Mudun al-Milh ( Cities of Salt , 1984). Both depict metaphysical, transcendent worlds that are destroyed by the inexorable march of modernity. These narratives begin with idealized agrarian communities but climax with the metamorphosis of humanity into a machinelike...
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boundary 2 (2019) 46 (1): 133–156.
Published: 01 February 2019
... touches on so many different parts of the digital world, from the metaphors and rhetoric that structure our thinking about computers to the specific functions of various technologies. In addition, Mirowski’s deep analysis of political economy is directly relevant to the study of the digital. This essay...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (3): 229–234.
Published: 01 August 2009
... of the First and Second World Wars, this essay reconsiders the pressures within lyric poetry to respond to—or reveal—the pressures of global politics on poetry in times of war. How can the labor of a poem be measured against the demands of paid labor and of political action? Can the treatment of such...
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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (2): 187–198.
Published: 01 May 2010
... affiliations to ancestry, coun- try, or color. According to James, the novel’s hellish and historically realis- tic depiction of factory labor in the Pequod’s tryworks “at first sight is the modern world—the world we live in, the world of the Ruhr, of Pittsburgh, of the Black Country in England. In its...
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boundary 2 (2013) 40 (2): 81–112.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Pheng Cheah This essay evaluates the rise of recognition as an important analytical category in critical theory for understanding the normative grounds of social and political struggles for global justice in the contemporary world. It begins with a discussion of different variants of the...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 217–228.
Published: 01 May 2009
..., through the life of the Republic, condemned that propensity to submit to government authority and the opinion of the majority. The Chinese praise the rebel against authority in a way that would shock foreigners who think only in stereotypes. The problem at the present time in the world, and especially in...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (4): 199–212.
Published: 01 November 2020
... dilemma, his dramatic narrative puts us vividly in mind of the angry, fearful, strident, hopeless, hopeful, and courageous elements that contend, unresolved, during an unpredictable rush of threatening world events. Book reviewed: Haffner Sebastian , Defying Hitler: A Memoir , trans. Pretzel...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 139–156.
Published: 01 May 2018
... alienated world. Playspaces of Anthropological Materialist Pedagogy: Film, Radio, Toys Esther Leslie Much of Walter Benjamin’s work is pedagogical, in the sense that he judges things—artworks, trivia, experiences—in relation to their...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 11–30.
Published: 01 May 2009
... must not start in the 1970s, however, nor with distant forerunners such as James Joyce's Ulysses , but from 1945. After the Second World War, critics and novelists negotiated the sort of literature that would count as great after the end of high modernism, in service of a new humanism. The novels...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (2): 57–84.
Published: 01 May 2015
... constitutionally unable to fully ground themselves in the world and for that reason are open both to anxiety and to openness and risk. This essay argues that these two forms of precarity are not only increasing but are approaching closer to one another, with the result that old leftist models, which posit stable...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (3): 133–157.
Published: 01 August 2016
... better way—that there could be nobody but the people of the camp to conceive Lenin. Only when “born to them,” Lenin could grow into the particular militancy and need of the camps to say the world in a totally new—the only appropriate—code. © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 camp translation...
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boundary 2 (2019) 46 (4): 157–180.
Published: 01 November 2019
... contemporary world-system that Cedric Robinson and others have called “racial capitalism.” © 2019 by Duke University Press 2019 Asian American experimental poetry avant-garde comparative racialization racial capitalism References Appadurai Arjun . 1996 . Modernity at Large: Cultural...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (1): 183–210.
Published: 01 February 2009
...Christopher Connery The essay considers the sixties as a global irruption of political and cultural revolution, of world-making of various kinds: decolonization, new subjectivities, new forms of daily life and politics, and new scenes of the political. It holds the sixties to be a global phenomenon...