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Public Culture (2017) 29 (3 (83)): 433–455.
Published: 01 September 2017
... concept of “stranger anxiety” to underscore the legal and bureaucratic work necessary to constitute heterosexual marriage as the basis for citizenship inclusion. Working from these two cases, the article analyzes how the Taiwanese government produces an equivalence between heterosexual unions and...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (1): 173–196.
Published: 01 January 2019
... de Kirchner, unleashed a storm of accusations and counteraccusations, political speculation, rumors, and legal battles. In this article, I explore the multifold processes of truth-making around this event. In proposing the term “moral economy of truth,” I signal how understandings of truth serve as a...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (1): 69–92.
Published: 01 January 2019
... so, this essay illuminates the often unrecognized differences in communicative labor that constitute contemporary forms of global legality. Copyright 2018 by Duke University Press 2018 food sovereignty global governance translation transnational law transnational social movements In...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (1): 185–213.
Published: 01 January 2020
... were required to furnish a photograph of themselves dressed in swimwear. Taking its cue from this historic example, this study traces the evolution of a phenomenon the author describes as state-incriminating, coproduced archives, visual archives that are coproduced by representatives of the legal and...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (1): 133–162.
Published: 01 January 2020
... source of death is diffuse and leaky. The Indian judiciary has taken up this question in earnest, dispersing the legal treatment of life away from its historical focus on individuated life-beings and toward a more atmospheric domain of biological abstractions and vital circulations: aggregate lung...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 327–348.
Published: 01 May 2020
... 235,000 murders created by the “war on drugs” since 2006 is that the deaths consist of “narcos killing each other off.” However, as a result of the profound interlocking of legal and illegal sectors, most forms of livelihood in the borderlands are potentially implicated in the drug economy. Therefore, the...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (3): 539–561.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Didier Fassin; Shamus Khan; Madiha Tahir Against the normative definition of punishment as the infliction of pain on an offender by an appropriate legal authority, this essay argues that the police, although they are not entitled to administer retribution, commonly do so on the street or at the...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (1 (69)): 115–141.
Published: 01 January 2013
... hydrate their communities. Such demonization is paralleled by legal crackdowns and the deliberate destruction of improvised water infrastructure. The essay uses the Mumbai case study to reveal the costs of marginalizing the majority urban poor in global megacities: in public health, death rates, and...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (1 (78)): 23–62.
Published: 01 January 2016
... probe the key differences between the Jim Crow racial order and the racial terrain of the current period and come to the conclusion that both claims are inadequate because they are tied to a sanitized and restricted understanding of Jim Crow as a set of legal and state institutions and policies. As such...
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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...
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Public Culture (2011) 23 (2): 269–274.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Faisal Devji Unlike the pacifists and humanitarians with whom he is routinely associated, Gandhi was critical of human rights as a legal and political project. Indeed, he attributed modern violence precisely to the fact that life had become an absolute value, something that could therefore be...
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Public Culture (2011) 23 (2): 471–480.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Ritu Birla Gandhi's thematics of addiction mark him as acutely present in his time, even as they launch his temporal performativity. Publicized via transnational debates on the legality of opium and anxieties about the market as casino, the problem of addiction reflected the circulation of law and...
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Public Culture (2021) 33 (1 (93)): 89–111.
Published: 01 January 2021
... larger aspiration. But given practical limitations, this means scaling down to select terms and cases that signal translational injustice under conditions of violence and legal disputation. These conditions include gender violence and sexual safety across languages, the untranslatability of terms like...
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Public Culture (2002) 14 (3): 617–619.
Published: 01 September 2002
.... As recent criticisms of the U.S. court system reveal, legal language and narratives, as cultural constructs, influ- ence national history and constructions of identity. In postcolonial states, the globalization of legal systems closely follows the development of nation-states, international...
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Public Culture (2005) 17 (3): 417–444.
Published: 01 September 2005
... travel writing, legal discourses, and modern Egyptian literature. He also serves on the editorial committee of Middle East Report . Anxious Advocacy: The Novel, the Law, and Extrajudicial Appeals in Egypt...
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Public Culture (1999) 11 (1): 175–208.
Published: 01 January 1999
... globalization of capitalism and of everthing that goes with it is creating a growing need for denationalizing—in the sense of supranationalizing—law and politics. Many fear that if legal and political insti- tutions do not expand to global proportions so as to keep up with the economy, we will be left with...
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Public Culture (2010) 22 (3): 531–556.
Published: 01 September 2010
... life began with a lie, which is contrary to the reciprocal con- fidence between spouses that is essential to conjugal union.” Technically, then, the legal argument was hinged not on Mrs. H.’s status as a virgin but rather on the fact that...
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Public Culture (2017) 29 (3 (83)): 515–538.
Published: 01 September 2017
... assumptions of liminality, and subsequent temporal linearity, that are attached to the experiences of refugees. As Helen’s comments recounted above suggest, the displacement of refugees cannot be exclusively confined to liminal times and spaces of politico-legal ambiguity and sociospatial exclusion. What...
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Public Culture (2008) 20 (1): 27–38.
Published: 01 January 2008
... In the United States, competing claims about the history of sexuality and marriage have recently played a surprisingly large role in the ferocious public debates over gay rights and gay marriage and in legal decisions resulting in sodomy law repeal and marriage reform. The opponents of change...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (3): 521–538.
Published: 01 September 2019
... legal conception of personhood comes with a steep price” (78) but moves from habeas corpus to habeas viscus to underscore that “the flesh is nothing less than the ethereal social (afterlife) of bare existence” (72). In short, the law’s violence both marks the bare life of racialized assemblages such...