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Public Culture (2006) 18 (3): 473–505.
Published: 01 September 2006
..., I will sketch the norms and forms of this glossy new governmentality. Laptop Politician In its most expansive moments, the vision that was e-governance appeared to resolve the tension between what Jodi Dean (2002) has called...
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Public Culture (2011) 23 (2): 331–348.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Keith Breckenridge Gandhi is conventionally viewed as a lifelong critic of Western modernity and colonial government. This essay shows that these views, which were famously expressed in Hind Swaraj , took form in his struggle against the Transvaal state between 1906 and 1908. Before that time...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (1): 145–171.
Published: 01 January 2019
...Christian Sorace In this essay, I argue that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) affective sovereignty results from its ability to adapt confessional practices to fit its governing needs at different moments in history. I analyze what recent televised confessions of party cadres reveal about...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (3): 447–468.
Published: 01 September 2019
... phenomena that engage with risk and uncertainty in different ways: preventive policing, realestate speculation, and experimental modes of governance. These phenomena are in themselves not necessarily new; the specificity of speculative policing lies in the conjunction of these three phenomena...
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Public Culture (2012) 24 (1 (66)): 185–216.
Published: 01 January 2012
...Vincanne Adams Processes of recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans were slowed by privatization of institutional public resources meant to help people return and rebuild. This article explores the specific relationships among private-sector corporations contracted by the government to help...
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Public Culture (2014) 26 (2 (73)): 233–255.
Published: 01 May 2014
... visualizations of performative environmental protests that took place in June 2012 against the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil. It claims that these visualizations are governed by a particular ontology that has its origins in the military and colonial activity of turning landscapes, and environments in general...
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Public Culture (2009) 21 (1): 77–100.
Published: 01 January 2009
...Elizabeth A. Povinelli This essay probes discourses of millennial governance in current late liberal governance and contemporary critical theory. It examines a set of dilemmas for progressive critics when they mobilize discourses of sacrifice and sacrificial love against the millennial imaginary...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 201–212.
Published: 01 May 2015
... design and policy. While these efforts have long been stymied by a lack of sufficiently detailed data and limited computing power, these obstacles are rapidly being overcome. In response, a growing number of city governments and a new cadre of academic research centers are investing in data-intensive...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 281–304.
Published: 01 May 2015
... two decades, multiple techniques have been devised with which to govern (and govern through) uncertainty ( Zeiderman 2015 ). Once brought into novel governmental frameworks, the precarious conditions of the urban periphery could become politically and economically productive. In the case...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 305–330.
Published: 01 May 2015
... government. While scholars have recently drawn attention to the generativity of ignorance in the making of the state, in this article I argue that ignorance is not only a technology of politics, produced and managed by municipal water engineers and their subjects. Leakages, and the ignorances of leakages...
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Public Culture (2021) 33 (2 (94)): 137–147.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Paula Kift Abstract In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, governments around the world turned to contact‐tracing applications in an attempt to balance the reopening of the economy with keeping the virus at bay. But as this article demonstrates, contact‐tracing applications not only fail to protect...
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Public Culture (2017) 29 (1 (81)): 53–78.
Published: 01 January 2017
...Jess Bier Maps are considered to be an ultimate expression of modernity. Empirical cartography plays a central role in daily governance, and it also has a long history of furthering displacement and erasure. In this article I argue that the landscapes of historic British colonialism and the ongoing...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (2 70): 307–310.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Wolfgang Pietsch This is a plea for democratic supervision and regulation of the large data sets that are currently being collected all over the digital world — a plea driven not by fears for the privacy of the individual but by worries that a privileged knowledge of the mechanics governing...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (3 (80)): 617–653.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of which continues to erode the possibility of equal citizenship. The article demonstrates how the systematic confiscation of Armenian property is normalized in everyday discourse and politics in Turkey in the service of the broader legal governance of minority difference. 2016 citizenship property...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (3 (80)): 519–539.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Shannon Cram This article explores the politics of permissible exposure for US nuclear workers. I argue that despite recent efforts to improve regulations for occupational radiation protection, the federal government has been unable to solve the fundamental paradox of nuclear safety: that some...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (2 (79)): 291–315.
Published: 01 May 2016
... of climate change. For instance, the groundwater sources in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be destroyed not necessarily due to the predicted impacts of climate change but because they will soon be completely consumed. In response, the governments in the Arabian Peninsula, especially the UAE, advance...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (2 (79)): 359–387.
Published: 01 May 2016
... the resources to do so. Residents working to organize their own retreat are engaged in a struggle for recognition and support from, paradoxically, the very governments and institutions responsible for planning, implementing, and managing retreat once it becomes necessary. In this article, I contrast dominant...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (2 (79)): 389–413.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Austin Zeiderman This essay foregrounds the political constituencies assembling around the problem of climate change in cities. Recent experiments in urban climate governance in Bogotá, Colombia, are shown to challenge liberal democratic notions of the “public” by linking a redistributive economic...
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Public Culture (2014) 26 (1 (72)): 127–152.
Published: 01 January 2014
... to the Prince as a frame, the essay analyzes these strategies of rule as they were used by the United States government and by the Arab regimes in the context of the Arab uprisings of 2011. The essay contextualizes these strategies in the history of the Cold War, the rise of neoliberal economics...
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Public Culture (2014) 26 (1 (72)): 153–185.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Jennifer Mack Outlining a theory of “urban design from below,” this essay considers how so-called users have reshaped space at the urban scale, as I trace the history of immigrants’ transformations of a Swedish modernist new town neighborhood. Here a peripheral green strip that government planners...
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