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Social Text (2024) 42 (1 (158)): 81–101.
Published: 01 March 2024
.... Following Cape Town mayor Dan Plato's 2020 dismissal of an eviction resistance on the grounds that it was a “staged act,” this article identifies various repertoires of performative intimidation enacted by local authorities against South African land occupiers during 2019–22. These staged acts were...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (1 (122)): 27–48.
Published: 01 March 2015
... transcript and journalistic coverage of the Vang case illustrates a need to establish a history of racial violence in order to explain the altercation in the woods. This need assumes that a history of racism must be identified in order for a word to be considered racist and that acts of violence can...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (2 (147)): 25–49.
Published: 01 June 2021
... Black women. Specifically, the article examines the case of Luana Barbosa dos Reis, a Black lesbian mother who was beaten to death by police officers in São Paulo in 2016. The article argues that her beating was an act of (un)gendering—a desire to both discipline her as a Black female/mother and erase...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (4 (105)): 25–44.
Published: 01 December 2010
... to identify potentially violent students before they act and to intervene with counseling and—in extreme cases—removal from campus. Such procedures and policies have the inadvertent effect of isolating particular students as potential threats (to themselves or others) and prejudging them for actions they have...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 37–42.
Published: 01 March 2011
... skin. We move, we act by not seeing, by not watching how we move. Nothing is more alien to us than the transparent bodies of box jellyfish. Our sensibility is turned outward. Our feet are long and set parallel; they are made to move on ahead. Nature is revealed to us through movement...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (2 (107)): 21–46.
Published: 01 June 2011
... on a particular technology of reception, moreover, acts to screen out the broader textures of postsocialist cultural and economic production. © 2011 Duke University Press 2011 Beijing en Abyme Outside Television in the Olympic Era Joshua Neves The history of Chinese television since the late 1970s...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (4 (109)): 29–56.
Published: 01 December 2011
... and selfishness are counterposed as the defining qualities, respectively, of superior persons and their inferior counterparts. I then consider this dyad as an argumentative device at work in actual and textual acts of dissent in post-Maoist China, focusing on an event that occurred during the student protest...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (3 (132)): 1–16.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the subject, who becomes a ghostly remainder that haunts the data archive. This maneuver then makes it possible to treat certain individuals, often those marked as racial outsiders, as nonsubjects who can be acted upon outside of the law. This process is visualized by the Tracking Transience website, which...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (4 (117)): 49–76.
Published: 01 December 2013
... of their interior emotional worlds. In contrast, Ghanaian television melodrama is parody that shows how to act in public in order to elude moral revelations and judgment. Instead of revealing interiority, Ghanaian melodramas parody the notion of personal moral revelation, in the process masking a subject’s inner...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (4 (121)): 13–24.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Joshua Chambers-Letson Thinking with the work of José Esteban Muñoz, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Pedro Almodóvar’s film All about My Mother , this essay traces a series of transplants, organs, and acts of compensation that occur within all three in order to explore the question of how to address a loss...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (2 (123)): 1–27.
Published: 01 June 2015
... of extraction and submitted to actuarial accounting while disappearing from the popular imaginary. The maintenance of white male identity in this matrix ironically depends on a fantasy act of self-amputation embodied especially in the eternal woundedness of Ronald Reagan. © 2015 Duke University Press 2015...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (4 (121)): 71–85.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Tavia Nyong’o Through an engagement with José Esteban Muñoz’s writings on queer-of-color counterpublicity, this essay proposes that we participate in his legacy through acts of methexis—or “group sharing”—rather than mimesis. Muñoz and Pedro Zamora are two figures from the Miami-based Cuban exile...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (4 (121)): 87–104.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., disidentificatory mode of being with. At the same time, Warhol’s aesthetic practice, one that highlights and itself imitates the precise operations of the mimetic faculty within drag practice, was an act of liking and a way to participate in the way of being with one another that he saw in these drag queens. ©...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (4 (121)): 161–165.
Published: 01 December 2014
... affects, of “feeling brown,” inveighs against the ways in which queers of color are continually made to bear the burden of psychic negativity, with performance as a field of acts and relations engaging with its social and political effects, and with affective communion and community as a source for its...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (3 (124)): 45–73.
Published: 01 September 2015
... or media or explicitly theorized in most queer or trans theory: the move from the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act to the present moment of trans hailing by the US state. Such a trajectory helps map the ways that neoliberal mandates regarding productive, capacitated bodies entrain the trans body...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (2 (135)): 107–122.
Published: 01 June 2018
... discourse to exist. It does so through what may seem to be an unusual set of objects: the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy of books. The popular, middle-brow appeal of Crazy Rich Asians (2013) and its successor volumes China Rich Girlfriend (2015) and Rich People Problems (2017) acts as register of the many...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (1 (138)): 27–50.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Summer Kim Lee This article considers how the act of staying in, rather than going (or coming) out, gives shape to the racial performativity of Asian American asociality. What the author calls “Asian American asociality” speaks to how Asian Americans have been racially figured as a problem...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (2): 109–131.
Published: 01 June 2019
... of the refugee category beyond the legal definition to include a range of times, places, and subjects, this article conceptualizes refugeetude as a coming into consciousness of the social, political, and historical forces that situate refugee subjects and the acts that attempt to know, impact, and transcend...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (4 (149)): 27–53.
Published: 01 December 2021
... Act toward peoples and communities most impacted by the pandemic is only one example of this intensified necropolitics. We focus here on conceptions and mobilizations of care and uncaring, and the catastrophe of the settler-capitalist state at this time. With all the talk about the need for self-care...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (1 (150)): 109–134.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Sinan Erensü; Barış İne; Yaşar Adnan Adanalı Abstract Ever since the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul in the summer 2013, defending and reclaiming the city parks, market gardens, public squares, and urban forests has become a mainstream act of defiance and a symbolic rejection of an intensifying...
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