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Public Culture (2014) 26 (1 (72)): 153–185.
Published: 01 January 2014
... — and a Syriac spatial practice of urbanism that has commissioned material difference. If the “from above” is typically assumed to be the plans and practices of professionals, and the “from below” is usually portrayed as grassroots activism with no lasting physical effects, I investigate how Syriac buildings...
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Published: 01 September 2016
Figure 2 Police teargas as an everyday protest practice. Photograph by Ufuk Koşar Figure 2. Police teargas as an everyday protest practice. / Photograph by Ufuk Koşar More
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Public Culture (2012) 24 (1 (66)): 109–129.
Published: 01 January 2012
... draw on the history of development to show how the BOP is an unintended outgrowth of the critique of development. Drawing on previous formulations of the BOP, I propose that the infrastructures created by poor people’s social practices can also be understood as a “commons” for which compensation should...
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Public Culture (1997) 10 (1): 83–113.
Published: 01 January 1997
...Sudipta Kaviraj Copyright © 1997 by Duke University Press 1997 Filth and the Public Sphere: Concepts and Practices about Space in Calcutta...
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Public Culture (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 (2014) 26 (1 (72)): 25–50.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Christina Dunbar-Hester This article considers media activism around low-power FM radio as hybrid formation, combining expertise with amateurism and management with self-organizing practice. Specifically, it ethnographically examines the technical and social practices of a group of activists who...
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Public Culture (2017) 29 (3 (83)): 539–562.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Dorien Zandbergen This empirical-critical study looks at the Air Quality Egg project, a Euro-American effort focused on the collaborative creation of a “smart” air quality sensor network. While widely celebrated as a “best practice” example of bottom-up smart city making, the involvement of a US...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (1): 69–92.
Published: 01 January 2019
... how power is constructed and contested in transnational law through competing social practices of translation. By ethnographically analyzing the conflict over the “Super Banana”—a genetically modified crop funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation—I show how the circulation of transnational...
Published: 01 January 2020
, the national emblem of India, wearing air pollution masks. The central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership since 2014 has carried out campaigns targeting a wide range of secular, leftist, and anticaste cultural practices and political expressions for being “antinational.” CSE here used More
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Public Culture (2017) 29 (2 (82)): 227–234.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Andrea M. Voyer While contemporary American society is highly segregated and increasingly unequal, there are settings in which typical social divisions do not apply—in principle (if not in practice) neither limiting one’s ability to participate nor shaping one’s power relative to others. This essay...
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Public Culture (2012) 24 (2 (67)): 329–356.
Published: 01 May 2012
... on the other—are deployed by different actors with conflicting views of the proper distribution and location of sovereign power. Foregrounding the role of fiscal practices in the forging of political obligation and affective bonds between citizens and the state, the essay reflects on the efficacy of el...
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Public Culture (2009) 21 (3): 551–576.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Judith Farquhar Many mundane practices of city life in public in Beijing converge on public parks. Focusing on the uses, significance, and powers of the annual park pass, an inexpensive identity card that gives residents free access to the city's well-known and historic parks, I demonstrate some...
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Public Culture (2021) 33 (1 (93)): 89–111.
Published: 01 January 2021
...Emily Apter Abstract This article summarizes a broader project on “just translation” that attempts to rethink translation in the framework of Western philosophies of right, Sittlichkeit (ethical norms, customs, practices), and theories of justice (Plato, Hegel, Rawls), as well as of recent work...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 387–405.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Bruce O’Neill This essay reflects upon the intimate entanglement of superfluity and boredom in postcommunist Bucharest, Romania, where the politics of social exclusion unfolds through the inability to participate in consumer practices and chronic underconsumption leaves the city’s most excluded...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (3 (77)): 487–511.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Nicole R. Fleetwood “Posing in Prison” examines vernacular photography and studio portraiture taken inside US prisons through an investigation of the production practices and the circulation of these images in and out of prisons. The photographs include images that document family visits...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (3 (71)): 401–434.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Heather Love This essay considers practices of observation and description in postwar microsociology as a model for contemporary practices of reading. Returning to the work of Gilbert Ryle and Clifford Geertz, Heather Love contends that the dominance of thick description in both the humanities...
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Public Culture (2010) 22 (2): 369–397.
Published: 01 May 2010
... Asia and the architectural practice and theory produced by Koolhaas. The paper argues that his virtuoso designs and enormously productive critical work reach an impasse at precisely the moment when his conception of cinema is exhausted and he embraces the increasingly influential theoretical model...
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Public Culture (2011) 23 (2): 377–394.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Vyjayanthi Rao This article analyzes the Gandhian legacy in contemporary Indian art practices, including photography, architecture, and film, and investigates the possibilities and impasses of a specifically Gandhian modern aesthetic practice. Situating a specific set of artistic projects...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (1): 93–116.
Published: 01 January 2019
...Maria Sonevytsky This article investigates how sovereignty works in practice by attending to the aural public sphere of Crimea, as “Eastern music” is produced and circulated by the Crimean Tatar radio and as it penetrates the public spaces of microtransit. I argue that through the dissemination...
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Public Culture (2018) 30 (2): 199–220.
Published: 01 May 2018
...Yinon Cohen; Neve Gordon Using Israel’s land-grabbing practices alongside its demographic classifications as a conceptual lens, this article advances two claims: one about biospatial strategies, including the construction of space as a racialized category, and the other historical. The article...
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