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Public Culture (2022) 34 (2 (97)): 265–290.
Published: 01 May 2022
...Joanne Randa Nucho Abstract This essay describes an emerging “post‐grid imaginary” that is informing visions of future collapse, growing scarcity, and deepening infrastructural fragmentation. By examining electrical grid failures in Lebanon and California, we can move beyond developmentalist...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (2 70): 261–271.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of “the urban” and “the rural” when instead of being known for their use of electricity and “smokelessness” cities come to be defined by charcoal and smokiness? How did it happen that the cities of a country that produces a huge surplus of hydroelectricity still rely so extensively on firewood in the twenty...
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Published: 01 September 2022
figure 2 This photo was sent by Leonor via WhatsApp on March 22, 2021. At this time she was beginning to invest her financial resources in materials and her manual work in breaking walls to install the electrical wires in the newly occupied room. More
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (2 (79)): 351–357.
Published: 01 May 2016
... hundred thousand households, in which there were eight hundred thousand inhabitants, were left without electricity ( Infobae 2013 ), in some cases for ten consecutive days and in others with recurrent power outages for as long as forty days. Blackouts were registered in over sixteen neighborhoods...
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Public Culture (2005) 17 (3): 445–466.
Published: 01 September 2005
... The electrical power grid is a good example of an assemblage. It is a mate- rial cluster of charged parts that have indeed affiliated, remaining in sufficient proximity and coordination to function as a (flowing) system. The coherence...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (2 (79)): 215–235.
Published: 01 May 2016
... went on, “we cannot stop using electricity or building factories. Instead, we need to make electricity with less smoke. We need to reduce emissions.” And here, in the heart of the isthmus, is where much of this effort is already taking place. In 2008 the region had two wind parks producing 84.9...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 281–304.
Published: 01 May 2015
... with everyday life in a city prone to outbursts of violence and infrastructural disruption. For the 20 million residents of Karachi, the certainties of daily life hang in the balance. Spontaneous breakdown and suspension of everyday provision of public goods such as water and electricity is common, caused...
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Public Culture (2024) 36 (1 (102)): 97–118.
Published: 01 January 2024
... pour l'Afrique, Jean-Louis Borloo. With an installed capacity of 240 megawatts, the dam promised to finally light up the lives of millions of Guineans living in and around Conakry, a city often derided as the “darkest” capital of West Africa due to its infamously unreliable electrical supply. 2...
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Public Culture (1994) 6 (3): 597–605.
Published: 01 September 1994
... for for media seems to be a borrowing: meti. And the various media themselves take their linguistic meanings from their material source of energy rather than their implications for social relations. Fire and electricity are the basis of much of the new media. Electricity (dian)is identified as the key...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (3 (77)): 557–578.
Published: 01 September 2015
... there is invisible. If cabin porn is supposed to be about life off the grid, away from modern civilization, it makes sense to not show “the grid.” Power lines, generators, roads, antennas, and so on are all hidden. We sometimes see the results of electricity—the light in the darkness that makes the cabin seem...
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Public Culture (2010) 22 (1): 187–209.
Published: 01 January 2010
... — to do so. Using standard, repeatable measurement of housing performance in terms of safety and the basic requirements for healthy living (such as a working shower, a working toilet and wastewater system, a safe electrical system, and a kitchen...
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Public Culture (2022) 34 (2 (97)): 147–152.
Published: 01 May 2022
... to the collapse of the electrical grid. In “Post-grid Imaginaries: Electricity, Generators, and the Future of Energy,” Joanne Randa Nucho looks at unstable energy provisioning as a feature of the political present. In Lebanon and in California, as in so many places, people make do with patchwork systems...
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Public Culture (1994) 6 (2): 397–406.
Published: 01 May 1994
... in Beijing May 24, 1993 For a long time, homosexuality has been widely treated in China as perverse or criminal. Up until 1991, there were clinics that offered treatments such as “hate therapy” and “electric therapy” to “cure” gays. In “hate therapy,” the patient would be asked to think...
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Public Culture (2012) 24 (3 68): 465–485.
Published: 01 September 2012
... Chinese terrain. The lines take the form of vertical apartment towers, elevated railways, street signs, lampposts, converging alleyways, loaded barges, and ubiquitous overhead electrical wires (smaller neighborhoods poach electricity from main grids, creat- ing a riot of hanging cable...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (3): 447–468.
Published: 01 September 2019
... the regularization of water and electricity consumption concurrent with the “pacification” of low-income areas indicates a recognition of the consumer potential that can similarly be unlocked for corporate investors, if security risks are managed strategically (e.g., Pilo’ 2017 ). A third element...
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Public Culture (2023) 35 (2 (100)): 157–176.
Published: 01 May 2023
... . r.birla@utoronto.ca Copyright 2023 by Duke University Press 2023 currency governmentality financialization social contract sign‐value A short circuit is a direct connection between two points in a circuit that aren't supposed to be directly connected. . . . Electric current takes...
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Public Culture (2004) 16 (3): 521–531.
Published: 01 September 2004
... owned by both public authorities and private individuals. The people of Kliptown live in shacks or in dilapidated houses, many without electricity, and with only rudimentary services—portable chemical toi- lets, communal standpipes, and refuse collection from designated communal sites in the area...
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Public Culture (2004) 16 (2): 289–314.
Published: 01 May 2004
... film. Kumar then cuts to the local cinema owner, who explains that this indeed is the case: in order to save electricity costs, he takes out a few reels from each film, imposing enormous jump cuts on the formal integration, slicing whole chunks of narrative from the audience’s view. The big city...
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Public Culture (1998) 10 (3): 609–616.
Published: 01 September 1998
... Ian Pollock and Janet Silk The voice is translated into electric signals. Stretched over a membrane, it explodes into a pleasurable experience of communication. I can feel your voice tickling my ear. What are you wearing? I want to picture...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (2 (79)): 291–315.
Published: 01 May 2016
... they cogenerate water and electricity. Waste heat from the power plant is used to heat seawater; at the same time, seawater provides cooling for the power plant. This reduces the energy needed and drastically alters the costs of running the plant, since energy is the largest operating cost of MSF desalination...