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Cultural Politics (1 November 2013) 9 (3): 337–356.
Published: 01 November 2013
... of compulsory compassion in news media stories about the actual or threatened removal of roadside memorials, I argue that there is an economy of power circulating in the practice of roadside memorialization, where some subjects are deemed legitimately memorable and some are not, where some subjects...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2013) 9 (3): 313–322.
Published: 01 November 2013
... the Necropolitics of Affect” examines roadside memorials as sites of political struggle between contesting forces for the right to control memory and affect in public landscape. How is memory and affect distributed? Who should be remembered and who not? What Bednar calls “compulsory compassion” is the...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2014) 10 (2): 182–193.
Published: 01 July 2014
... social instability, fear, and anxiety. Whereas Chan’s dystopia of the fat years represents a counterfeit utopia maintained by compulsory narcotization, Lemos writes of the end of the Chinese utopia and its collapse into a dystopian society of fear and uncertainty. For Lemos, the Chinese turn to the...