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Public Culture (2021) 33 (3 (95)): 289–303.
Published: 01 September 2021
... the myriad ways our collective breathing is central to, and curtailed by, the American Aspiration. Grounded through the breath, it traces the deep entanglements of global pandemic, climate change, state violence, and lung cancer, and their combined social, political, and environmental implications...
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Public Culture (2009) 21 (2): 343–376.
Published: 01 May 2009
... provides the best strategy for liberation. Fewer still have solicited insight from populations that—instead of mere cowardice or sheer apathy—might possess a social critique that could provide the basis for a reinvigorated post–civil rights political project. In the spirit of developing the critical stance...
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Public Culture (2014) 26 (1 (72)): 25–50.
Published: 01 January 2014
... against the backdrop of a social movement for media democracy and a wider social justice agenda. A significant undertaking in their practice was pedagogy, predicated on a notion of expertise as widely accessible, through which they sought to widen technical and political participation. Yet, while...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 305–330.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Nikhil Anand In this article I explore the political and technical controversies of measuring water leakages in Mumbai to demonstrate how the dense historical accretions of technology, material, and social life that form hydraulic infrastructures in Mumbai trouble the audit cultures of neoliberal...
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Public Culture (2023) 35 (2 (100)): 191–206.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Farhan Samanani; Susannah Crockford; Daniel M. Knight; Craig Stensrud; Girish Daswani; Marc Tuters; Io Chaviara Abstract Contemporary politics seems to be saturated with irony. In the context of social movements, this creates a perplexing mix of sincerity and insincerity, in which ambivalence...
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Public Culture (2018) 30 (1): 35–59.
Published: 01 January 2018
...Dorothy H. B. Kwek; Robert Seyfert The recent “materialist turn” stresses the fundamental role of nonhumans in the constitution of humans’ social and political life and argues that the inability to grasp their importance dooms normative prognoses for ordering society to ethical, political...
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Public Culture (2022) 34 (1 (96)): 21–45.
Published: 01 January 2022
... affective computing's ambient politics — the fraught processes whereby social actors aggressively repackage, reinterpret, and remediate these technologies to fit their agendas, changing social standards for denoting emotions along the way. This essay calls to reorient critical analysis of affective...
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Public Culture (2023) 35 (3 (101)): 417–430.
Published: 01 September 2023
...Jacob G. Foster Abstract This article argues that contemporary research practices in artificial intelligence will produce AI technologies incompatible with human flourishing, social complexity, or vibrant politics. Adopting James Scott's anarchist squint, it instead proposes a vision of AI...
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Public Culture (2023) 35 (3 (101)): 405–416.
Published: 01 September 2023
... of dollars in social theory–informed big data and machine learning tools that claim to monitor, predict, and mitigate international political unrest. For their advocates, these projects promise to deliver unprecedented insights and security via sociocultural data processing. Critics warn that they radically...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (3): 645–663.
Published: 01 September 2019
... penality, punitive containment, and mass incarceration. Moreover, it defies how prisons are meant to operate as a technique of social, political, and racial order across the Americas. Or does it? In fact, almost no one in this prison is here because they were found guilty for lethal violence on the job. We...
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Public Culture (2023) 35 (2 (100)): 157–176.
Published: 01 May 2023
... democratic political representation. Crypto magnifies the tension between the semiotics of the social contract among nations moored in rights, and that of currency as a global language. Digital‐speculative monetization warns that the social contract, a futures contract for a secure and stable future, may...
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Public Culture (2018) 30 (2): 283–303.
Published: 01 May 2018
... politics and the actual production of such an archive through social and technical systems that preexist it. Such experiments in self-archiving, the essay argues, are crucial to better understanding power and collective agency in the context of digital media. References Abbas Basel Abou-Rahme...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 287–326.
Published: 01 May 2020
... theory and popular model, between objectivist sociological explanation and hand-waving sociobabble, between vanguardist predictions of social revolution and conservative prognoses of political inevitability, between accountings of formal change and claims about material transubstantiation. The article...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (2 (91)): 415–422.
Published: 01 May 2020
... in social stability naive, however, and Purity and Danger languished following its publication in 1966. Today’s politics of purity, from white nationalism to rule by imprisonment, makes Purity and Danger more necessary than ever. The tension between the search for human universals and the social...
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Public Culture (2018) 30 (2): 329–350.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., “lighter touch forms of sociality,” which are less utopian than they are pragmatic, focused on how to create better worlds within the “existing real.” 2 It is important to state at the outset that niceness is a social practice not wedded to any worldview or sensibility, political or otherwise...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (2 (79)): 359–387.
Published: 01 May 2016
... to distinguish community-organized relocation from forced relocation and climate-induced displacement. Understanding community-organized relocation efforts as forms of retreat unifies this emerging practice with other social movements and political projects that seek more sustainable ways of settling on earth...
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Public Culture (2009) 21 (3): 517–537.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Kabir Tambar In much of the Muslim world, secularization has proceeded through the modernizing mechanisms of the region's various states. By contrast, social movements committed to the (re)introduction of religion into public and political life have frequently functioned through appeals...
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Public Culture (2021) 33 (3 (95)): 441–466.
Published: 01 September 2021
..., schools, playgrounds, and plazas. Libraries, churches, and community centers are shuttered. Instead of a conventional public realm, we have Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and Zoom. ms7160@nyu.edu eric.klinenberg@nyu.edu The videos are not merely political theater and social drama...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (2): 343–371.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Ciraj Rassool This essay is a study of how fixities of race and tribe were made out of multiple colonialisms and apartheid in South Africa, notwithstanding social fluidity and hybridity. It also examines how modes of racial and ethnic governance were contested, especially through the politics...
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Public Culture (2008) 20 (3): 583–593.
Published: 01 September 2008
... are long-term and tendential, having to do with the problems of social management in late capital- ist society (the problems just sketched). Some are short-term, or midterm, and geopolitical: resource crises and the politics of oil, mutations in the politics of Islam, the way the absolute vacuum...