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Public Culture (2018) 30 (3): 509–526.
Published: 01 September 2018
... contradictions or unacceptable politics. The flip side of engaging in the infernal spiral of lying is that one can never return to the initial lie. The fight over Black Pete has not only been a fight against racism but a struggle over the definition of racism itself. In the narrative politics of the...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 239–258.
Published: 01 May 2015
... eventfulness of urban public space that the politics of place are always fleeting, hidden, and never reducible to human sociality alone. 2015 body/space interactions everyday city smart cities sociality and politics urban public space In March 2013, I was on an evening Eurostar train from...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 349–354.
Published: 01 May 2020
... them. Yet these texts refuse to die. They have never been out of print, continue to be translated into multiple languages, and still appear on many undergraduate syllabi—sometimes assigned by the very scholars who made their reputations by challenging these works. In the current age of disciplinary...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 355–361.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Joel Isaac Susanne Langer’s Philosophy in a New Key (1942) is the most famous book you’ve never heard of. It has had a remarkable career: a big seller on the mass paperback market of the post–World War II decades; a key text in musicology, aesthetics, religious studies, and anthropology; a founding...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (1): 45–75.
Published: 01 January 2020
... hopelessness in a world where they never expect to have a dignified role in their families or communities. Casting them as climate refugees occludes the multiple forces that lead them to emigrate and diverts attention from potential responses. This casting mobilizes, thus validating, European xenophobia to...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (3): 521–538.
Published: 01 September 2019
... pessimistic diagnosis is extended through Baldwin’s theorizing on the Black Panthers to illustrate that while policing in the United States can never not be excessive in its racist violence, the Black subjectivity that would seemingly be obliterated by this excessive force of law ultimately exceeds the reach...
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Public Culture (2009) 21 (2): 293–319.
Published: 01 May 2009
... sick or unstable body. As color always contains hidden shades that are wrapped up within personal biography, the imagination, and diverse existential circumstances, I argue that colors contained in these artworks can never be “pure,” for they are too contaminated by disease, death, emotion, and...
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Public Culture (2012) 24 (1 (66)): 9–45.
Published: 01 January 2012
... the country fell into civil war. Some critics wrongly conclude that academics should never work in countries with problematic political regimes. Analyzing the distinctive Libyan trajectory, this article stresses instead the need for careful organizational review, open debate, and clear emphasis on...
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Public Culture (2017) 29 (2 (82)): 287–309.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Graham Huggan Orcas are among the world’s most charismatic animals, combining grace and power, violent when they need to be, but rarely toward humans and never in the wild. Attacks on humans have been restricted to captive orcas, opening up widespread discussions on the ethics of marine-mammal...
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Public Culture (2010) 22 (1): 33–65.
Published: 01 January 2010
... specific way: it is an accentuated yet attenuated form of poetry that simultaneously bears the burden of representation but never ceases to undermine any form of consolation; it is a poetry that emerges from the full consciousness of its impossibility or, worse still, its futility, if not its ineluctable...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (3 (77)): 427–447.
Published: 01 September 2015
... different ways of imagining their existence: not changing their conditions, but living differently with them. These projects make the claim that there is value to these lives even if they can never be improved. The challenge of how to value lives that can be neither saved nor improved is one of the central...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (3 (80)): 519–539.
Published: 01 September 2016
... level of exposure is unavoidable when working with nuclear materials and that any level of exposure comes with an associated biological risk. In short, injury is an operational necessity of nuclear industry. Thus nuclear safety can never mean total protection for workers—it can only ever be the level of...
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Public Culture (1994) 7 (1): 95–105.
Published: 01 January 1994
... Copyright © 1994 by The University of Chicago 1994 PHOTO ESSAYS Hope Reclaimed: South African Elections May I994 Refuge Refused: Haitians, Borders and Democracy The Sun shall never set on so glorious a h um...
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Public Culture (2003) 15 (1): 209.
Published: 01 January 2003
... locate other men willing to part with a kidney for $1200. Tony gets a small fee for each kidney located but not enough to support his family. Since selling his own kidney Tony has been unable to return to his previous work as a stevedore. The pain in his side “never stops aching” he told me. Tony...
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Public Culture (1993) 5 (2): 333–337.
Published: 01 May 1993
..., would stare in wide-eyed amazement and ask me what I mean. So, in order to fend off these increasingly frequent queries, I finally got up my nerve and went. I‘ve never had any aspirations of becoming a film critic, nor do I have any now. But since Raise the Red Lantern received such wide...
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Public Culture (2008) 20 (3): 453–459.
Published: 01 September 2008
.... Insofar as critique can Public Culture 20:3  d o i 10.1215/08992363-2008-005 Copyright 2008 by Duke University Press 453 Public Culture never be anything less than self-critique, the certainty of weighing the secular with the critical is...
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Public Culture (1991) 3 (2): 155–158.
Published: 01 May 1991
... a detached counterpoint to the drama of official flag ceremonies concerned with sacrifice and death. Though the subliminal flag appears in the same visual field as the President and his men, they are never seen to touch or hold it. Never do they suppli- cate, embrace, modify, or embellish...
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Public Culture (1992) 4 (2): 93–99.
Published: 01 May 1992
..., moreover many of them have followed us! (Arabic): At last, the masks of the Arabs have fallen! (French): It is a huge victory for the coalition! (Arabic): There has never been such a defeat for the West! 1973); and Pierre Crouperie et al., A History of the Comic Strip (New York: Crown...
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Public Culture (1992) 5 (1): 75–81.
Published: 01 January 1992
... without some reference to a norm, both in the sense of tradition and in the sense of ethical standard. Mbembe assumes this norm. He never says explicitly whether his judg- mental ego is European, African, or a universal subject without anchor in space and time. His caveat that obscenity and...
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Public Culture (1993) 5 (3): 621–625.
Published: 01 September 1993
... political involvement with Gandhi in the years before Indian independence, was never able to cut free of the poetic ideology, the tight stanzas of pale, bodily constraint she had picked up from Symons and Gosse in her studies in England...