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Public Culture (2009) 21 (1): 21–41.
Published: 01 January 2009
...Michel Feher Human capital is to neoliberalism what Marx's free worker was to liberal capitalism, that is, the subjective formation at once presupposed and targeted by neoliberal technologies of government. According to this thesis, the neoliberal condition involves investors in their own human...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (3 (80)): 499–517.
Published: 01 September 2016
... subject formation 14 There is a history, dating to the late colonial period, of psychiatry professionals in Africa attempting to create a symbiotic relationship with “traditional” healers ( Bullard 2007 , 2011 ; Sadowsky 1999 ; Heaton 2013) . One of the most important of these innovators...
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Public Culture (2012) 24 (1 (66)): 131–155.
Published: 01 January 2012
...-social formations of bottom billion capitalism. It argues that the work of converting poverty into capital is arduous and fragile and requires technologies of gender. While the analysis of neoliberal penality emphasizes the quarantine, and even banishment, of “at risk” subjects, this essay draws...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (2 (76)): 239–258.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Ash Amin This article revisits the canon that imagines urban public space as a site of civic and political formation, based on active subjects. In contrast, the article explores the implications of thinking the urban landscape as sentient in its own right, as a hum of interacting humans...
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Public Culture (2010) 22 (2): 237–263.
Published: 01 May 2010
... and words bring a series of effects, sensations, and meanings so that they appear as coming from the image.5 Audio-vision is also the site of an encounter between human beings and processes of subject formation.6 Combining these perspectives, the present essay considers 3. On June 15, former...
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Public Culture (2002) 14 (2): 411–428.
Published: 01 May 2002
... not presume a singular Sikh subject, nor claim to speak about all Sikhs or a Sikh “community” at large. Rather, I am concerned with the formation of two Sikh subjects. These two cannot be neatly separated, and I do not intend to do so. They may be referred to as: (1) the Khalistani Sikh subject and (2...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (2): 289–322.
Published: 01 May 2019
... (a hardening of ethnic and racial identities that left no room for the complexity of identity or subject formation or cross-racial and ethnic affiliations). In a nation grappling with its history of nativism, which includes postcolonial fascist projects of expulsion and mass extermination, race and ethnicity...
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Public Culture (1989) 2 (1): 79–99.
Published: 01 January 1989
... - "in the debate where battle lines have been drawn between liberalism and fundamen- talism."20 Paradoxically, categorization as vagrant is 'psychologically dam- aging' only if the religious coding of gendered heterosexuality is implicitly accepted by way of a foundational concept of subject-formation...
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Public Culture (2001) 13 (1): 23–38.
Published: 01 January 2001
..., but they seldom take an inter- est in the simple fact that my work involves almost daily hours of committed study for years on end. This challenges not just common ideas about knowledge and art, but also traditional notions of subjectivity. Subject formation, knowledge...
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Public Culture (2012) 24 (2 (67)): 329–356.
Published: 01 May 2012
..., associated with a historical phase that must be surpassed. Direct taxes such as property taxes are often cited as a distinctive feature of modern state sovereignty and were a critical political technology in a nexus of state and subject formation in European states and their colonies (Gross 1993...
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Public Culture (2020) 32 (3 (92)): 491–512.
Published: 01 September 2020
.... In McSpadden’s memoir, black mothering is defined through radical and vulnerable exposure, not of Mike Brown’s body but of McSpadden’s own subject formation, intimacies forged and proven through ongoing desire as well as violence and loss. Her work exposes our attachments to an index of black motherhood...
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Public Culture (2000) 12 (1): 21–38.
Published: 01 January 2000
... civilization at the end of the century no longer seem to stem primarily from pervasive feelings of guilt and superego repression, as Freud had it in his analysis of classical Western modernity and its dominant mode of subject formation. Franz Kafka and Woody Allen belong to an earlier age. Our discontents...
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Public Culture (2004) 16 (3): 373–405.
Published: 01 September 2004
... foundations of mental life and the central role they play in the process of subject formation in general.1 This study is highly speculative. It uses the notion superfluity to revisit the biopolitics of Johannesburg as a “racial city” and its...
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Public Culture (1998) 10 (3): 530–548.
Published: 01 September 1998
... positively an exercise of subjectivity, because “on a deeper, more funda- mental level [the literary world] symbolizes the free spirit of humans, rooted in the Subject’s formation of value based on its own need” (68). At this juncture, the “need...
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Public Culture (2012) 24 (2 (67)): 357–384.
Published: 01 May 2012
... and agency, is another such practice of subject formation in postsocialist China. Though politically volatile and generative of opportunities for resistance (as the June 4 incident showed), the humanist discourse of desire in China has thus...
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Public Culture (1998) 10 (3): 457–481.
Published: 01 September 1998
... of a universal world constructed without any regard for differences in the histories of subject-formation in different parts of the globe. Forget about Heidegger abhor- ring the world that Caputo wants to live in; his strident hostility to any “deep...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (2): 323–341.
Published: 01 May 2019
... sisters), he was given some leeway in his racial formation. He was allowed to eat with the family’s Black servants and learn from them Jamaica’s language, folk songs, and traditional stories. Born in 1949, before Jamaica’s formal independence, Chang was theoretically a British subject, albeit a colonial...
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Public Culture (1998) 10 (2): 397–416.
Published: 01 May 1998
... and Germany —followed a different course, one that was also typical for the formation of nation-states in Central and Eastern Europe; here the formation of the state fol- lowed the trail blazed by an anticipatory national consciousness disseminated by propaganda. The difference between these two paths...
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Public Culture (2011) 23 (1): 191–199.
Published: 01 January 2011
... extraversion,” which involves both an espousal of foreign cultural elements and a transfer in their meaning, which then goes into the formation of new subjectivities. In fact, one could easily understand cultural extraversion as a form of Spivakian epistemic violence, or the process through which one...
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Public Culture (1992) 5 (1): 47–55.
Published: 01 January 1992
..., after all, we did not, and do not, name ourselves.” Now, there is some pro- found wisdom here, in the latter statement. To the extent that we can only register our subjectivity in discourse, to the extent that we are born without choice into a symbolic economy already solidly in place, indeed...