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Public Culture (2016) 28 (3 (80)): 447–456.
Published: 01 September 2016
..., Sanskrit, and Chinese, has so little echo in English? Is Arabic literature untranslatable? The obstacles in this case are political as much as they are linguistic. Taking its cue from Said’s notion of a “perfect inequality” between the two languages, this essay argues for a situational—rather than literal...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (3 (71)): 387–399.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Arvind Rajagopal Rather than assume that media technology is inherently global in its form, we should ask how it came to be regarded as such. This essay argues that the historical origins of the media are specifically North American. While their physical reach may be global, our understanding...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (2 70): 349–367.
Published: 01 March 2013
... and planners in terms of what we design and for whom and shifts the focus of analysis away from the rather blunt instruments of “top-down versus bottom-up” planning toward a more nuanced understanding of processes of urban “accretion and rupture.” 2013 DEMOCRACY AN D C...
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Public Culture (2014) 26 (3 (74)): 379–392.
Published: 01 September 2014
..., competition for resources and skilled labor between state and nongovernmental organizations, and a cultural conception of information as a resource to be privately possessed and exploited rather than open to public access. Stories of both failure and success in the libraries offer hints as to what...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (3 (80)): 457–473.
Published: 01 September 2016
... hypervisible in the European public sphere. The article starts by tracing the roles of visibility and invisibility in constituting the “ideal refugee” (and the concomitant figure of the “a-refugee”), before turning to refugee-refugee humanitarianism as an invisible form of Southern-led (rather than Northern...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (3 (80)): 475–497.
Published: 01 September 2016
... in midcentury Britain and India. What sorts of evidence were required to know that a cure was in fact a cure? How did scientists ascertain when and if a cure had failed? And what were the ethical entailments of such modes of knowing? Through this history, I suggest that cure, rather than signaling a definitive...
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Public Culture (2011) 23 (2): 431–448.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Shruti Kapila This article aims to reconstruct Gandhi as a political thinker. In so doing it argues that truth rather than nonviolence was the central category of Gandhian politics. Truth for Gandhi was a capacity that broke with the consensual and took the form of an insistent visibility. Gandhi...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (2 (79)): 291–315.
Published: 01 May 2016
... of existing and impending water scarcity. This article shows how water ceases to be a “natural” entity, but rather emerges as an assemblage of complex technical procedures, social relations, and historical trajectories. 2016 Arabian Peninsula climate change infinity United Arab Emirates water...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (3 (71)): 463–475.
Published: 01 September 2013
... are interested in locating translational research in a conjuncture that is marked, on the one hand, by a “postgenomic” moment in the life sciences and, on the other, by the capitalization of biomedicine. We argue that knowledge should be considered in terms of its mobility, rather than simply in terms of its...
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Public Culture (2013) 25 (3 (71)): 523–550.
Published: 01 September 2013
... made two ontological conversions. First, it created new categories of people based not on classical groupings of disease but, rather, on their capacity to generate revenue. Author Jennifer Karlin terms this a process of “financial epidemiology.” Second, the UCMC reframed its financial distress...
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Public Culture (2018) 30 (3): 413–439.
Published: 01 September 2018
... this business as a “bioeconomy” to highlight how migration controls (sometimes framed in the idiom of care) facilitate profiteering and predation. Rather than focusing on the production of cheap, deportable labor, the bioeconomy perspective developed here is concerned with the extraction and generation...
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Public Culture (2018) 30 (3): 465–482.
Published: 01 September 2018
... but were rather “forced out” or “blown out” from the buildings. This article explores the phenomena of jumping and falling and questions why it was impossible to commit suicide on September 11. Through an analysis of Richard Drew’s photograph The Falling Man , visual artist Paul Chan’s series The 7 Lights...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (1): 77–106.
Published: 01 January 2020
..., producing moments of being that potentially enable to feel and act otherwise. Considering the management of subjectivity in its own right rather than as mere echoes of postsocialist governmentalities, the authors sustain a dialogue with recent writing on the production of happy and self-reliant marginalized...
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Public Culture (2010) 22 (3): 411–424.
Published: 01 September 2010
... shares with the war on terror is the idea that we ought to organize our political life around the quest for security and that we can even recover a sense of moral purpose through the response to (environmental) emergencies. Here too the aim seems to be to scare us into submission, rather than open up new...
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Public Culture (2010) 22 (1): 7–15.
Published: 01 January 2010
... the perpetrators intend to deface the victims rather than kill them. Easily obtained and cheap, acid is thrown at women, who are disfigured, often blinded, and severely traumatized. The lives of many Bangladeshi women, deprived of free choice and independence in this way, have been destroyed. Govindnathan's...
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Public Culture (2010) 22 (3): 487–505.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Éric Fassin; Judith Surkis A public scandal that followed the 2005 exhibition of Tanja Ostojić's remake of Courbet's L'origine du monde revealed the contemporary sexual politics of the European Union. This essay analyzes how what was at stake in this “obscenity” was not the sex but rather...
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Public Culture (2009) 21 (3): 551–576.
Published: 01 September 2009
... ways in which the “routines and rituals” of state articulate in practice with both a spatial and a nationalist politics of the people. This is not a politics of rebellion or resistance; rather, it advances a compliant civilizational nationalism with deep roots in China's revolutionary twentieth century...
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Public Culture (2010) 22 (1): 67–88.
Published: 01 January 2010
... of ministers to apply their therapeutic skills to gangs. Relying on the promise of self-esteem, these ministers have placed the problem of MS-13 in the soul rather than on the streets, training an increasing number of eyes on atrophied wills that only the saving grace of Jesus Christ can strengthen. Gang...
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Public Culture (2010) 22 (3): 507–529.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Éric Fassin The so-called sexual clash of civilizations takes on a different meaning in today's Europe: it is about immigrants rather than terrorists—about contention, not expansion. As a consequence, Europe now draws the boundaries between “us” and “them” through sexual politics. Sexual democracy...
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Public Culture (2011) 23 (1): 121–156.
Published: 01 January 2011
... academic elite. The term “colonial aphasia” is invoked to supplant the notions of “amnesia” or “forgetting,” to focus rather on three features: an occlusion of knowledge, a difficulty generating a vocabulary that associates appropriate words and concepts with appropriate things, and a difficulty...