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differences (1 May 2014) 25 (1): 216–230.
Published: 01 May 2014
... elaborating on the framework of critical technical practice ( ctp ) first proposed by Philip Agre, suggesting how this notion might be connected productively with philosophical lineages of antipositivist epistemology, but as such traditions are reimagined and retooled for today’s informational contexts. Here...
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differences (1 September 2014) 25 (2): 101–115.
Published: 01 September 2014
... what has been violently erased from history and asks how this erasure is inscribed in new possibilities for writing, sexuality, and being in the world. In particular, the essay stresses two central characteristics of feminist aesthetic practice in modernity. First, it reinterprets the endlessly...
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differences (1 September 2004) 15 (2): 54–90.
Published: 01 September 2004
... Brunswick: Rutgers up, 2001 . ix -xiv. linda m. g. zerilli Refi guring Rights through the Political Practice of Sexual Difference It is more important to have authorita- of one’s being a woman...
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differences (1 May 2010) 21 (1): 94–108.
Published: 01 May 2010
... . elizabeth grosz The Practice of Feminist Theory What dawns on philosophers last of all: are a wonderful dowry from some sort they must all no longer accept concepts of wonderland: but they are, after all, as a gift, nor merely purify...
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differences (1 May 2011) 22 (1): 172–228.
Published: 01 May 2011
... class and ethnic groups in Turkey, tending to focus attention, rather, on an essentialized “Kurdish” or “Eastern” culture as the main dynamic behind honor crimes. Blame for the practice is attributed to the intractable customs of backward peoples, customs that are disconnected from discussions of...
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differences (1 September 2010) 21 (2): 142–172.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Amy Tang There is perhaps no single formal practice more closely associated with contemporary culture than the repetition of images, styles, and forms from the past, and nowhere have these practices been more contentiously debated than in the cultural production of racial subjects. This essay...
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differences (1 September 2014) 25 (2): 1–32.
Published: 01 September 2014
..., truthfully. At the Greek inception of the politics-philosophy nexus, Foucault argues, psychagogy offered a tekhne for governing this conjoint truth practice and thereby affecting its decisions, even while remaining “nonpolitical.” By tracing some of Foucault’s ideas about the ways that truth, life, politics...
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differences (1 December 2010) 21 (3): 97–111.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Samuel Solomon This article traces some of the crossings of the literary, political, moral, and epistemological valences of “narcissism” in the work of literary critic Barbara Johnson, exploring how Johnson implicitly works within and against the view, as expounded by the Practical Criticism and...
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differences (1 May 2013) 24 (1): 104–136.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Pooja Rangan This essay critically examines humanitarian efforts to rehabilitate captive and working animals as producers of art—a practice recently and controversially popularized by viral videos of former draft elephants in Thai tourist camps painting self-portraits for sale. Positioning these...
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differences (1 September 2012) 23 (2): 165–174.
Published: 01 September 2012
... histories of language and governance in modern France, the author considers the value—and costs—of persisting in such “outmoded” practices. This brief essay thus ruminates on what might be at stake for historians who continue to attend to the play of language in the texts we read—or who persist in...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 249–275.
Published: 01 December 2011
... the practice of noise since this moment. In the first part, the focus is on Michel Chion’s writings that deal with noise—both conceptually and linguistically—across a variety of media (including theater, film, and music). Chion’s work is exemplary of a movement away from noise as paradigm-shifting to...
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differences (1 September 2013) 24 (2): 93–108.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Dong Limin This essay examines the ways a gender studies perspective has been applied in Chinese academic reflections on China’s socialist culture and practice during the so-called Seventeen-Year Period, which spanned from the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 to the beginning of...
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differences (1 September 2017) 28 (2): 24–45.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Lucie Cantin From the moment Freud first came up against repetition and the resistance of the symptom in his clinical practice and was thus forced to acknowledge a beyond of the pleasure principle that acts within the subject, the unconscious could no longer be conceived as a site of...
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differences (1 December 2009) 20 (2-3): 9–35.
Published: 01 December 2009
... measure to resist efforts to comprehend it. To begin to acknowledge the historical and material forms of the existence of violence is to confront the “tragic” dimension of the practice of politics. Just as this practice can never abandon itself to violence, so it can never altogether abandon violence...
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differences (1 December 2010) 21 (3): 112–139.
Published: 01 December 2010
...,” examining its accounts of description and “minimal critical agency” and its skepticism concerning radical freedom and the interpretative heroics of literary analysis from the point of view of Althusser's radically different account of reading as a “guilty” practice, one marked by productivity and the...
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differences (1 May 2008) 19 (1): 32–70.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Elizabeth Freeman Through a close analysis of Isaac Julien's short film The Attendant, this essay argues that sadomasochistic sex practice ought to be understood in temporal terms, as a play of pause against surprise, suspension against shock. In The Attendant, Freeman contends, Julien rethinks S/M...
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differences (1 May 2009) 20 (1): 1–39.
Published: 01 May 2009
... the ego, desire is linked to the anxiety induced by the loss of the ego ideals and the encounter with castration. The corollary is that the practice of psychoanalysis is founded on the confrontation with the anxiety provoked by the desire of the Other and the assumption that only this can result in...
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differences (1 September 2012) 23 (2): 136–164.
Published: 01 September 2012
... Althusser’s own practice of theory (in its ambivalent relation to structuralism), it concludes, on the other, that no genuine reworking is possible of the historical horizon we all presuppose, apart from the revival of theory or one of its avatars or successors. As in Althusser’s example, theory’s task, as...
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differences (1 May 2012) 23 (1): 131–150.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Amber Jamilla Musser Through the philosopher Gilles Deleuze, reading and writing can begin to be thought of as processes of transformation. When one reads or writes, one plugs into impersonal flows and affects and becomes something else. Likewise, Deleuze theorizes masochism as an embodied practice...
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differences (1 December 2011) 22 (2-3): 190–210.
Published: 01 December 2011
... Subotnik, and Jonathan Kramer to examine the politics of musical listening as a social practice. In postwar art music, minimalism is particularly notable for engendering experiences of time that resonate with postmodern spatialization. This article proceeds with a reading of John Adams’s 1987 opera Nixon...