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Published: 01 September 2018
Figure 4 Burning trash dumpster in Beit Hanina. Trash is often burnt when it is not picked up by the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem. Photograph by author. Figure 4. Burning trash dumpster in Beit Hanina. Trash is often burnt when it is not picked up by the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem More
Public Culture (2018) 30 (3): 367–392.
Published: 01 September 2018
... often become the domain of the religious right. The article asks how this has happened, and whether human rights—widely accused of a retreat into technicalities at the expense of intense conviction—has lost anything along the way. In doing so, the article treats conscience as a historically embedded and...
Public Culture (2010) 22 (1): 7–15.
Published: 01 January 2010
...Pallavi Govindnathan This essay defines the spread of acid attacks in South Asia and other regions, where disputes over land, inheritances, dowries, and declined marriage proposals often arouse greed and jealousy and lead to violence. Acid attacks are profoundly vicious crimes, the more so because...
Public Culture (2009) 21 (1): 141–173.
Published: 01 January 2009
... bounded sovereign territory, and to show how the cartography of national humiliation informs the biopolitics of the geobody. China's often unique experience, the essay concludes, can show us how cartography is an important site of struggle for other peoples as well. Copyright 2009 by Duke University...
Public Culture (2017) 29 (3 (83)): 493–514.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Kevin Lewis O’Neill Across Guatemala City, Pentecostal drug rehabilitation centers warehouse users (often against their will) in the name of salvation. This essay, in response, details how pastors deploy digital media to assess a user’s relative fitness for a Christian life. Of particular interest...
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...
Public Culture (2018) 30 (2): 245–268.
Published: 01 May 2018
... demonstrates how nonbelievers often exceed the binaries of secularism and warrant a more capacious understanding of religion. Copyright 2018 Duke University Press 2018 American religion law nonbelievers secularism Secularism and secular can mean many things. For activists and policy makers...
Public Culture (2019) 31 (2): 215–234.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Jessica R. Cattelino Beyond “diversity,” activists, scholars, and administrators increasingly turn to “climate” as a way of describing the often-inchoate feelings and (re) productive processes that constitute a world, including with reference to racial and gender justice on American college...
Public Culture (2020) 32 (1): 215–245.
Published: 01 January 2020
... environments are replaced by newer versions, often with limited backward compatibility. At the same time, digital technologies rely on hardware that has short life expectancy. The radical obsolescence of this new digital register raises a number of important questions. How are we going to prevent the fragile...
Public Culture (2019) 31 (3): 539–561.
Published: 01 September 2019
... broader significance. It demonstrates that extrajudicial forms of retribution exceed judicial forms and that more often than not the police are the punishment. Copyright 2019 by Duke University Press 2019 police punishment violence “It was not a desire for vengeance, but a desire for...
Public Culture (2015) 27 (1 (75)): 85–108.
Published: 01 January 2015
... performance sounds like a direct imitation of the original and thus, according to judges, “like karaoke” — was famously invoked by Simon Cowell during the early seasons of American Idol . Karaoke has often been imagined as a technology that enables the everyman or everywoman to experience, if only for the...
Public Culture (2017) 29 (2 (82)): 227–234.
Published: 01 May 2017
... inequality (e.g., segregation and the division of labor) are sidelined by explicit adoption of egalitarian principles, the essay shows that, even when democratic civility prevails, background inequalities on the basis of race, gender, social class, and immigration status are often reproduced in mundane...
Public Culture (2009) 21 (3): 495–515.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Andrea Muehlebach The contemporary situation is seldom best characterized as a battlefield with clearly drawn political dividing lines. In fact, neoliberalism is often better understood as a form to contain the oppositional—old leftist solidarity and new rightist utopias—and fold them into a single...
Public Culture (2016) 28 (1 (78)): 139–160.
Published: 01 January 2016
... course of his life has been shaped in no small part by his own decisions. This is precisely because circumstances have unmoored him from the sorts of firm and enduring institutions that shape human trajectories. Herein lies the paradox: a forced migrant’s life is often radically decisional. The argument...
Public Culture (2015) 27 (3 (77)): 427–447.
Published: 01 September 2015
... is nearly impossible to have much evident effect on the conditions of people’s lives, humanitarianism often turns to endurance as a purpose: helping people better cope with circumstances they cannot change. At the limits of the humanitarian imaginary, endurance projects seek to enable people to find...
Public Culture (2013) 25 (2 70): 349–367.
Published: 01 March 2013
... planning and policy making. Based on the observation and analysis of projects, developments, and initiatives at a metropolitan level and “on the ground” in over twenty cities, this essay argues that the potential for social integration and democratic engagement of socially excluded urban residents is often...
Public Culture (2014) 26 (3 (74)): 501–528.
Published: 01 September 2014
... its fast-urbanizing populations. In the post-Soviet age, nationalizing leaders have been equally quick to embrace the ready spectacle of dazzling architecture as the face of reform. This essay explores the recent and often stunning changes afoot in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, to consider how...
Public Culture (2016) 28 (3 (80)): 563–592.
Published: 01 September 2016
... poker play, and discussion threads from poker forum archives, the article explores how the game and its data-intensive software teach gamblers to act from the vantage of an infinite temporal field in which probabilistic values can be trusted to bear out. Although digital media is often associated with...
Public Culture (2016) 28 (3 (80)): 593–616.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of market fundamentalism has been accompanied by deepening uncertainty: the state has become criminal, criminals counterfeit the state. For those caught in the middle, distinguishing between predator and protector is often impossible. Proliferating protection rackets are both a symptom of and answer...
Public Culture (2016) 28 (2 (79)): 291–315.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Gökçe Günel This article examines the discourses and practices of climate change adaptation in the Arabian Peninsula. It suggests that climate change adaptation projects in the region are often attempts at reframing water-related challenges that are already present, regardless of the effects of...