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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (1): 18–35.
Published: 01 March 2015
... be reduced to theological notions. Finally, it turns to the relationship between political spirituality and political strategy. To screen the void, the spectacle must blind as well as illuminate. Perhaps, therefore, in spite of the logical proof that the relic is empty—that the possessions and exorcisms...
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Cultural Politics (2018) 14 (1): 78–89.
Published: 01 March 2018
... as it is found in Friedrich Schiller. If an autonomous subject possesses something exaggeratedly, superfluously, or irrationally elaborate, and if that subject further experiences ownership as liberation from the forceful demands of goal-oriented rationality and utilitarian thinking, then that something...
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Cultural Politics (2016) 12 (1): 66–82.
Published: 01 March 2016
... of luxus, which is beyond the relative luxury we might associate with the possession of this or that object, in the contemporary context of global capitalism. I explore neoliberal capitalism, where consumption is endless, through reference to Georges Bataille’s The Accursed Share , where economy is less...
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Cultural Politics (2007) 3 (2): 203–222.
Published: 01 July 2007
... the relationship between the rise of Canon-Mocking Literature and the spread of cynicism in the sociohistorical context of contemporary China. It concludes that Canon-Mocking Literature is a means of cultural resistance and escape in a post-totalitarian society and possesses the dual character of both critique...
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Cultural Politics (2018) 14 (2): 263–273.
Published: 01 July 2018
... to study the Dogon of Sanga, six weeks to study the Kirdi of northwestern Cameroon, and five months to study zar spirit possession in Gondar in Abyssinia. 3 “As for dreams, my view has always been much more surrealistic than psychoanalytic. That is, it’s the manifest content, as Freud called...
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Cultural Politics (2016) 12 (1): 42–48.
Published: 01 March 2016
... for work’s sake. I see thousands of workers, it is true, at work in the mines or in the shops, and receiving good salaries. But if the diamonds which they are finding, or cutting, have no other effect than to excite bad feeling, to arouse vanity in those that possess them, and envy in those who cannot, would...
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Cultural Politics (2006) 2 (3): 265–280.
Published: 01 November 2006
... to the merchant, precisely as professionals to the degree that (1) they require training; (2) they possess economic and intellectual independence; and (3) they contribute to national productivity and have responsibilities to the welfare of society as a whole (see Burke 1993 : 42–43). Here, in effect...
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Cultural Politics (2020) 16 (2): 270–273.
Published: 01 July 2020
... of his book by writing about luxury as economic transgression, Wiesing might have drawn on Mauss and Bataille to explore the anthropology and philosophy of the concept, before moving on to examine what he calls the Dadaism of possession. The related value of turning to a consideration of Bataille...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (3): 391–394.
Published: 01 November 2015
... be as forgotten as the spit that flies from our frothing mouth and that gave rise to “spirit,” but it was this very spirit that hunters received from their animal prey. 2 Berserks were possessed by the spirits of bears; werewolves, by those of wolves—otherwise it would have been difficult to overcome the bite...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (2): 177–193.
Published: 01 July 2017
... 2006 : 225). Between Ishmael and Oedipus, though, they have chosen the latter and suffered the consequences. In the face of a possessive aggressive father, they protested: “No, we are not your children, and as such, we don’t owe you anything” (224). There ensued a profound schism between a self...
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Cultural Politics (2019) 15 (3): 303–314.
Published: 01 November 2019
... between 1960 and 1980 ( Hinchliffe 1987 : 1). As a colony, for example, Nigeria possessed one university with a thousand students. In the years after independence, however, Nigeria constructed a university system of thirty-one institutions and 141,000 students ( Mamdani 1994 : 1). This massive...
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Cultural Politics (2011) 7 (3): 445–464.
Published: 01 November 2011
..., and deploying techniques of examination and surveillance to create a kind of pseudo-investigation. There is The Hotel (1981) for example, for which she took a job as a chambermaid in a Paris hotel and took photographs of the occupants possessions in order to construct snapshots of their owners...
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Cultural Politics (2013) 9 (2): 219–226.
Published: 01 July 2013
... to work on my watercolors. I began to feel that they possessed some of the qualities of a photograph: contrasts of tone and transparency suggested to me shutter speed, focus, and depth of field. The contrasts suggest an image coming into focus or a fading memory. Captivated by these qualities in Richter's...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (1): 100–110.
Published: 01 March 2015
... in this scenario emerges in the belief that one possesses the power to control that distance, to alter proximity and render a plasticity to its measurable materiality in a way that allows objects to be brought nearer, or at further remove, at will. The casting of the senses and the central nervous system beyond...
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Cultural Politics (2005) 1 (2): 233–242.
Published: 01 July 2005
... here a few weeks before, arming itself for operations in the Gulf. On breakfast television the next day I caught some of the live footage of troops entering Saddam Hussein's palace. The media spectacle located the war very far from here – this war about the illicit possession of nuclear arms...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (2): 210–221.
Published: 01 July 2015
... in a solipsistic space and creates the effect of infinite depth, which empties him or her of all content. In the process I suggest that the screen transforms the viewer into a “techno-body” possessed by a fragmented, fractured self that I explore through reference to Ronald David Laing’s (2010) work...
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Cultural Politics (2016) 12 (3): 376–379.
Published: 01 November 2016
... and toxicity make them objects we would not want to possess. They represent the undesirable consequences of our material desires. An accompanying photo essay developed in collaboration with photographer Toby Smith charts the unmaking of these objects of technology, reversing their journeys from container...
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Cultural Politics (2019) 15 (1): 72–87.
Published: 01 March 2019
... 2016) . Any number of measures generates similar conclusions. Oxfam’s reports from 2010 demonstrate alarming concentrations of wealth ( Oxfam 2010, 2016 ). Whereas in 2010 the wealthiest 1 percent of the global population possessed 44 percent of global wealth, by 2015, and for the first time...
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Cultural Politics (2011) 7 (3): 345–358.
Published: 01 November 2011
... of simple-presence. According to Bellarmine, the apostle Paul exhorts the faithful, “that they also who have wives be as if they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as if they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use...
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Cultural Politics (2020) 16 (3): 415–417.
Published: 01 November 2020
..., photography, phonograph, radio, and film, have at certain moments been viewed as conduits of a spiritual or spectral presence, possessing capacities for extra-worldly communication. In her latest book, Haunted Data , a curious, unconventional, and often fascinating transdisciplinary experiment...