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Social Text (1 March 2015) 33 (1 (122)): 49–70.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Carla Marcantonio Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In is a film whose glossy surface belies its investment in history—cinema’s history, Spain’s history, transnational history. It tracks a correspondence among cinema, transsexuality, and medium specificity through the trope of transgenesis: skin...
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Social Text (1 June 2018) 36 (2 (135)): 145–164.
Published: 01 June 2018
... rain on our bare skin and feeling the hair on our arms stand on end in anticipation of a coming storm. Don’t you know that I love playing in the rain, baby ? We will write our dissertation listening to Dawn Richard’s album Redemption , pausing within it to sit with “LA” on repeat. The chorus, These...
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Social Text (1 December 2009) 27 (4 (101)): 67–94.
Published: 01 December 2009
..., address an individual, and demand to be reckoned with. By answering a hail, by entering the scripted scenario, the individual is interpellated into ideology and thus into subjecthood. I conduct close readings of scriptive things, including a photograph of a light-skinned woman posing in about 1930 with a...
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Social Text (1 June 2019) 37 (2): 135–146.
Published: 01 June 2019
.... Any shortcomings are my own. 1 Kafka, “On Parables,” 457 . 2 Kafka, “On Parables,” 457 . 3 I borrow the expression “living in the ruins” from Tsing, Mushroom at the End of the World , 131 . 4 See Fiolhais, Biblioteca Joanina , 30 . 5 See Campbell and Pryce...
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Social Text (1 March 2010) 28 (1 (102)): 107–124.
Published: 01 March 2010
... of its audience, and the (now) age-inappropriate makeup. By way of so many citations of her, I read Summer and her vocal craft as having litigated a space for freestyle’s “systems of living.” And I don’t mean this in a metaphorical way. In a 2003...
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Social Text (1 March 2000) 18 (1 (62)): 31–54.
Published: 01 March 2000
... jobs.” A waiter mutters under his breath, “Yeah, and I have three of them4 This essay will explore living-wage activism more closely. While cam- paigns are sweeping across the United States, already made into law in cities as diverse as Baltimore...
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Social Text (1 September 2010) 28 (3 (104)): 11–37.
Published: 01 September 2010
... sought to naturalize the stark racial categories by which Cuba then lived, even as the images illuminated the realities of—and white anxieties about—interracial sex and its primary cultural and biological product: mestizaje . I link this historical backdrop to “her” return in the present day, after a...
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Social Text (1 March 2019) 37 (1 (138)): 51–84.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Ellen McLarney James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time explores the power of Black Muslim speech, what he calls an “idiom” that recognizes and conveys the truth of the black experience in America. Baldwin writes that the tone of this language “is as familiar to me as my own skin,” suggesting not just a...
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Social Text (1 September 2012) 30 (3 (112)): 49–75.
Published: 01 September 2012
... modern state? I address that question by way of the twentieth-century aesthetic experiments undertaken by the Trinidadian writer and political activist C. L. R. James and the Brazilian visual artist and counterculturalist Hélio Oiticica. While Linebaugh and Rediker insist the motley crew disappeared in...
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Social Text (1 December 2016) 34 (4 (129)): 41–70.
Published: 01 December 2016
... the military imperatives of the very White government that subjected them to the assaults of racism through legal sanction. Central to this problem was the ritual power of civil religion, particularly the role of death in warfare. By risking their lives through military service, African American...
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Social Text (1 March 2010) 28 (1 (102)): 59–85.
Published: 01 March 2010
... [where my father had lived]. I heard and saw situations that reminded me of the stories that my father told me. New Yorkers who had a few years or a generation ago been in the same situation were dealing with the Puerto Rican New Yorkers with the same...
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Social Text (1 March 2013) 31 (1 (114)): 21–41.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Tryon P. Woods This essay explores the ethicopolitical context in which black art, black performance, black social movements, and black popular culture find expression. I configure the critical study of hip hop within an accounting of the materiality of antiblack sexual violence in which the modern...
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Social Text (1 March 2008) 26 (1 (94)): 115–133.
Published: 01 March 2008
... the daughter by her brothers and fathers through marriage. In both theories, the daughter's exchange is a founding moment in the institution of culture. In this essay, I interrogate the relevance of these paradigms of daughter-exchange to the phenomenon of transnational adoption, where the daughter...
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Social Text (1 September 2013) 31 (3 (116)): 95–110.
Published: 01 September 2013
... to mine I feel your breath and mine in time I know I’m nothing but it’s you that I need I touch your skin and it starts to feed You’re not the frst you’re not the last Another day another crash My eyes meet yours in secret glance Our bodies look in...
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Social Text (1 March 2019) 37 (1 (138)): 87–105.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of liberal freedom. The article also engages recent scholarship on the archives of slavery. Dizzyingly multinational and multilingual, the nature of illegal slavery is reflected in the plurality of its archives. Scholars must work across these multiple archives even as we recognize that the lives of...
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Social Text (1 December 2012) 30 (4 (113)): 103–123.
Published: 01 December 2012
... is needed. Drawing from recent, critical discussions on sovereignty and the state of exception in recent political theory, this essay reflects on critical questions of the border in neoliberal times and aims to explore the conditions of sovereignty inhabiting the US/Mexico border. Here I analyze The...
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Social Text (1 March 2014) 32 (1 (118)): 93–113.
Published: 01 March 2014
... with the capacity to produce value. In particular, I argue that massive quantities of unspoiled food and other discarded commercial goods with persistent use values constitute a kind of abject capital, the economic significance of which is precisely that it is removed from circulation. Drawing on...
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Social Text (1 December 2011) 29 (4 (109)): 57–79.
Published: 01 December 2011
... America to be absorbed and eliminated or to go extinct — just like the once living fossil species that were impossible to accept in the chain-of-being conception but became eagerly promoted as good to think under the...
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Social Text (1 March 2009) 27 (1 (98)): 37–58.
Published: 01 March 2009
... Courier sportswriter Wendell Smith in the early 1940s; “when I travel with Vera Cruz we live in the best hotels, we eat in the best restaurants and can go anyplace we care to. I’ve found freedom and democracy here, something I never found in the...
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Social Text (1 December 2017) 35 (4): 113–152.
Published: 01 December 2017
... changing relationships among information, territory, and sovereignty. This article examines two quite distinct, high-profile celebrity instances of dissident domesticity. In the first case, Prempeh I, the last sovereign king of Asante, was exiled by the British from his capital in what is now Ghana and...