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Public Culture (1 January 2012) 24 (1 (66)): 109–129.
Published: 01 January 2012
...Julia Elyachar How to move beyond the failures of development? In the bottom of the pyramid (BOP) approach, the state, development, and public goods disappear. Instead, nongovernmental organizations help businesspeople realize poor people’s capacity to create infrastructure and business models. I...
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Public Culture (1 January 2012) 24 (1 (66)): 131–155.
Published: 01 January 2012
...Ananya Roy The start of the new millennium has been marked by what may be understood as bottom billion capitalism, an ensemble of practices meant to assimilate the world’s billion or so extreme poor into global circulations of finance. Using the case of microfinance, this essay examines the techno...
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Public Culture (1 January 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 (1 March 2013) 25 (2 70): 315–348.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Michael McQuarrie; Naresh Fernandes; Cassim Shepard This essay examines the relationship between the changing organization of urban space and the evolving political culture of a Mumbai slum. Recent work emphasizes that the contemporary city is highly fragmented and poor people are incapable of...
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Public Culture (1 May 2017) 29 (2 (82)): 235–260.
Published: 01 May 2017
... to get away with in their dealings with the “Third World.” What thought project does the zombie myth sustain and participate in? How does it link our feelings about blacks, migrants, refugees, and the poor into a long-historical narrative of distancing and (pathologized) ontological difference...
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Public Culture (1 May 2016) 28 (2 (79)): 389–413.
Published: 01 May 2016
... agenda to the technical project of adaptation. An analysis of interventions aimed at building social infrastructure throughout the city’s hydrological systems reveals how the inclusion of the urban poor is enacted through practices of measurement. While urban politics in Latin America has long revolved...
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Public Culture (1 September 2013) 25 (3 (71)): 523–550.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Jennifer Karlin This article offers an analysis of how a prestigious academic medical center located in a poor urban neighborhood endeavored to meet its obligation to produce new biomedical knowledge while struggling with the financial constraints incurred by its geography. Located on the South...
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Public Culture (1 May 2012) 24 (2 (67)): 329–356.
Published: 01 May 2012
... gated community, exposing a fierce contest between elite and poor citizens over legitimate methods of tax collection and the social logics of indebtedness. The essay shows how discourses emblematic of the postdictatorship and post–financial crisis periods—human rights on the one hand and welfare on the...
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Public Culture (1 September 2011) 23 (3 (65)): 573–602.
Published: 01 September 2011
... obscured by the commodity form. As an attempt to transform complicitous consumption into ethical consumerism, an emergent discourse of postconsumerism privileges commodities that dare tell their stories. Postconsumerism offers the promise of helping the poor or saving the planet by buying things; it marks...
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Public Culture (1 January 2010) 22 (1): 187–209.
Published: 01 January 2010
... a pragmatic issue of substandard original construction, undersupervised repairs, poor to nonexistent maintenance, and rapid shifts in policy attention is hidden to reinsert householders as the main culprits of substandard living conditions in many Aboriginal communities. A dirty literalism that sees...
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Public Culture (1 January 2002) 14 (1): 21–47.
Published: 01 January 2002
... grassroots organization established in 1974 and is a CBO, or community-based organization, that also has its historical base in Mumbai. Finally, Mahila Milan is an organization of poor women, set up in 1986, with its base in Mumbai and a network throughout India, which is focused on women’s issues in...
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Public Culture (1 January 2012) 24 (1 (66)): 105–108.
Published: 01 January 2012
.... Similarly, Adams examines disaster capitalism as a process whereby catastrophes, and their disproportionate impact on poor communities, are turned into market opportunities for profit. This, as Elyachar notes, is the effort to mine the...
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Public Culture (1 September 2002) 14 (3): 493–513.
Published: 01 September 2002
.... John Burgess, “As the World Bank Meets: Serving the Poor, and Serving Time: Staff Asks, ‘Why Us International Herald Tribune, 14 April 2000, 19. 6. Newspapers reported Wolfensohn arriving at weekend staff meetings, just before the protests hit Washington, D.C., “brandishing charts showing that big...
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Public Culture (1 January 1997) 10 (1): 83–113.
Published: 01 January 1997
... acting of the poor do not always belong to either of these categories. Yet my case is that they do possess and act upon concepts. 2. Dipesh Chakrabarty opened the path to the social science study of garbage with his “Open Space/Public Space: Garbage, Modernity and India,” South Asia 14, no. 1...
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Public Culture (1 September 2006) 18 (3): 445–451.
Published: 01 September 2006
... rural poor in about two hun- dred districts in India. In five years, schemes flowing from the act are expected to cover at least four hundred more districts. According to the act, one adult member of any household can apply for asset-generating manual labor — work that will help develop rural...
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Public Culture (1 January 2008) 20 (1): 5–18.
Published: 01 January 2008
... gender imbalances in the distribution of wealth, income, and opportunity are still the rule.3 Too many poor blacks are still not in a position to create something meaningful with their lives. The moment when South Africa will be able to...
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Public Culture (1 September 2000) 12 (3): 627–651.
Published: 01 September 2000
.... Typically, these cities are large (10–15 million people) and are currently shift- ing from economies of manufacture and industry to economies of trade, tourism, and finance. They usually attract more poor people than they can handle and...
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Public Culture (1 September 2015) 27 (3 (77)): 407–408.
Published: 01 September 2015
... for a perceived context of “persistent war.” The mass incarceration of mostly poor people of color in the United States is the backdrop for Nicole Fleetwood’s wise and affecting examination of vernacular photography and studio portraiture that take place inside US prisons. “Posing in Prison: Family...
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Public Culture (1 May 2000) 12 (2): 344–350.
Published: 01 May 2000
... government projects for housing, development, and education.* Nearly two millennia after Jesus’s birth, when hopeful consumers purchased these Sevana Christmas lottery tickets in 1995, their money would also go toward building houses for the poor—the Christmas season of charity refigured in the act of...
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Public Culture (1 March 2013) 25 (2 70): 369–370.
Published: 01 March 2013
...: Knopf. Livingston, Julie. 2012. Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. Mullen, Patrick R. 2012. The Poor Bugger’s Tool: Irish Modernism, Queer Labor...