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Social Text (2012) 30 (2 (111)): 99–119.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Robert W. Gehl This paper argues that the failure of MySpace and the rise of Facebook in the social networking site market is due in part to the degrees in which either site associates users, technology, and marketers into a successful “real software abstraction.” Real software abstraction...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (2 (147)): 69–91.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Seb Franklin Abstract This article takes the presentation of mechanical and informatic models in Samuel Delany's Neveryóna as an occasion to examine the relations of force, abstraction, information, and differential valuation that constitute racial capitalism. In order to do this, the article...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (2 (127)): 109–124.
Published: 01 June 2016
...,” with the aim of questioning the ambiguity of images that were poised between documentary and abstraction, Sekula dwelled on an image by Lewis Baltz taken in the same landscapes of the industrial park that Sekula himself had grasped as the occasion to reflect on the corporatization of minds and bodies. 6...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (4 (137)): 81–110.
Published: 01 December 2018
... that the global mandate elicits, in relation to this disaster, not violations in need of witness or an authorization for the work of mourning victims but an abstraction of life that can be realized. At the outset of her collection, Mikhail signals the nonhuman world through a narrative recollection about...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (3 (132)): 1–16.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Thomas Keenan’s rhetorical reading of Marx, it argues that surveillance enacts the figurative trope of catachresis. Just as the commodity is an abstraction of the labor that went into its making, surveillance data is an abstraction of the subject being surveilled. The information commodity supplants...
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Social Text (2007) 25 (3 (92)): 125–145.
Published: 01 September 2007
... abstraction of labor, of work, and the invention of “work- ers” as a category; and a new sense of the globe, of the “international.” In the second part, I will argue that there are two dominant contemporary representations of global labor, one figured by the photographs of Sebas- tião Salgado...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (2 (135)): 1–18.
Published: 01 June 2018
... of subjection, property, commerce, and territoriality. The conception of economies of dispossession introduced in this essay draws attention to the overriding importance of rationalities of abstraction and commensurability for racial capitalism. The essay problematizes the ways in which dispossession...
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Social Text (2004) 22 (3 (80)): 25–49.
Published: 01 September 2004
... and Guattari’s abstract materialism, in which matter lays out a virtual-actual process of individuation, a continual modifi cation of particles-forces without linear descent. For abstract materialism, there are only bodies in motion enveloped...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (2 (123)): 1–27.
Published: 01 June 2015
...H. N. Lukes This article examines the cultural history of amputation in the United States to account for the status of white male woundedness and abstract citizenship in our current neoliberal era. Using critical disability theory to reconsider Michel Foucault’s notion of biopower, the article...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (3 (108)): 93–124.
Published: 01 September 2011
... material articulation of this struggle. It works by seeking to subordinate the rich, dense world of qualitative social values under its cyclopean logic of quantified economic value. (4) Finance is the redoubling of the complexities and abstractions of money. It creates a world-embracing matrix of signals...
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Social Text (2005) 23 (3-4 (84-85)): 69–84.
Published: 01 December 2005
... industrial and urbanizing economies. But for my purposes in trying to open up a more nuanced understanding of normativity, what seems significant is that Ferguson seeks to forge a method (symptomatic reading) and an abstraction...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (3 (128)): 27–50.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Nikhil Pal Singh In light of recent historiography that increasingly emphasizes the centrality of slavery to the origins of capitalism, this essay returns to Marx, especially Capital , volume 1, to rethink the relationships among capitalist abstraction, violence, and racial differentiation. 49...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (2 (147)): 51–67.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Dixa Ramírez D'Oleo Abstract This article considers choreographer Ligia Lewis's hour‐long ensemble performance Water Will (in Melody) to theorize on the relationship between ecological fugitivity and black fugitive movement. It explores how Lewis's choreography disrupts the colonial space‐times...
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Social Text (2024) 42 (1 (158)): 53–79.
Published: 01 March 2024
...Penny Harvey Newell Abstract What is the ontologizing effect of a care framework? And how can clay cease to insist on itself as an abstracted medium of self‐making? The artists Jade Montserrat, Chinasa Vivian Ezugha, and Cassils each work clay as a material in their performance. Their toil...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (2 (127)): 21–44.
Published: 01 June 2016
... in hindsight was perhaps a provincial European abstraction of social difference (written in a universal key) that registered the antidialogical foundation of Western ethnocentrism, precisely marked the linguistic situation that emerged for the condition of European thought and metaphysics being placed under...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (2 (151)): 49–68.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Mitja Velikonja Abstract This article deals with mostly negative ideological images of refugees, as they erupted in political graffiti and street art (stickers, stencils, various inscriptions) in Slovenia during the so-called refugee crisis from the fall of 2015 on. Its basic questions are three...
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Social Text (2023) 41 (1 (154)): 47–70.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Rachel Jane Carroll Abstract This article unspools the history of nylon as a commodity between two Black feminist cultural expressions, Senga Nengudi's R.S.V.P. series and Audre Lorde's Zami . The first popular petroleum‐derived synthetic fiber, nylon was a crucial material in building what Dwight...
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Social Text (2003) 21 (4 (77)): 9–33.
Published: 01 December 2003
... and that public servants must necessarily abstract themselves from the realm of the private in order to properly function. The significance and relative historical novelty of this definition has been ignored in the contemporary literature on political corruption. The tendency has been to emphasize...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (2 (127)): 143–160.
Published: 01 June 2016
... think it’s a good term for it. It has some suggestive overtones. Certainly finance capital is a much more precise way of underlining what’s unique about this combination of communications and finance and abstraction that’s taken over the system of postindustrial production. And then I think one can...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (3 (148)): 17–35.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Amber Jamilla Musser Abstract It is rare to find visual representations of female sexual pleasure in sexological treatises. Robert Latou Dickinson's Atlas of Human Sex Anatomy (1932) uses illustrations of sexual response to avoid making his text sensuous or pornographic. Like the charts in William...
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