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Social Text (1 June 2016) 34 (2 (127)): 89–107.
Published: 01 June 2016
... as a critique of the presence of the international aid and development industries in Kenya. Logos mounts this critique aesthetically, through its very form, and by virtue of the fact the logos exist in a critical relation to an aesthetic—what Hopkins himself calls the “NGO aesthetic.” They...
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Social Text (1 June 2017) 35 (2 (131)): 39–67.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Michael Dango This article theorizes camp as an aesthetic category that references the divided parts of global society, or the moment of political economy called distribution. By completing Sianne Ngai’s unfinished taxonomy of aesthetic categories, I simultaneously collect a promiscuous archive of...
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Social Text (1 September 2012) 30 (3 (112)): 49–75.
Published: 01 September 2012
... accounts offer aestheticized renderings of the activities of the crew, but they fail to capture the aesthetics that animate those activities, the crew’s own self-­generated and generative aesthetics. While Linebaugh and...
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Social Text (1 September 2001) 19 (3 (68)): 91–113.
Published: 01 September 2001
... generally indexes not only the 100 Arvind Rajagopal ST 68-05 Rajagopal.1 10/25/01 3:06 PM Page 101 aestheticization of politics but also the politicization of aesthetics, enlarg- ing as it does the field of politics and lowering the cost of admission...
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Social Text (1 December 2010) 28 (4 (105)): 65–89.
Published: 01 December 2010
... aesthetics”—an analytic that informs a wide range of contemporary theory, fiction, film, and new media, and that is a necessary corollary to an era in which interconnection has become a dominant architectural mode, a multivalent metaphor, and even a weapon. A reading of several post–9/11 texts, including the...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 27–34.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Susette Min The essay focuses on Social Text 's lack of engagement with aesthetics as a point of departure to think about art and politics in the wake of the culture wars, the intensification of globalization, and the aftermath of 9/11. The essay concludes with a forceful argument for a (re)turn to...
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Social Text (1 June 2010) 28 (2 (103)): 85–112.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Rosalind C. Morris This essay examines the historical emergence and recent revival of the figure of the tsotsi via the transatlantic migration of aesthetic forms and their dispersal across generic and social spaces. The historical arc of the tsotsi traverses a period that opens at the beginning of...
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Social Text (1 September 2002) 20 (3 (72)): 45–65.
Published: 01 September 2002
.... This is why the World Trade Center was the most compelling symbol of an aestheticized world in the image of capital. To regard the twin tow- ers as a financial headquarters is to undervalue their aesthetic, objective truth, for they are...
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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 1–17.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Jane Elliott; Gillian Harkins This essay introduces the special issue “Genres of Neoliberalism,” which considers the relationship between neoliberalism and aesthetic formations across a range of sites, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Kenya, Mali, the Philippines, and the...
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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 19–48.
Published: 01 June 2013
.... The identified shift in global hegemony is seen to produce and issue out of changed structures of lived subjectivity and feeling, social experience and imagination. In this paper I explore the question of disposability and temporal aesthetics—particularly the relation between land, people, and time—in...
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Social Text (1 June 2016) 34 (2 (127)): 71–87.
Published: 01 June 2016
... key medium in the midcentury analysis of the “culture industries” and then by seeking to frame it as a theoretical object capable of shedding light on contemporary cultural and aesthetic forms in their relation to economic and political conditions. My argument is that Adorno and his readers/critics...
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Social Text (1 September 2017) 35 (3 (132)): 17–40.
Published: 01 September 2017
... examine how artists and audiences themselves mobilize the mode. This is especially true for Global South, state socialist, and authoritarian contexts, where traditions of political engagement through art, practices of skirting censorship through aesthetic indirection, and demands for depictions of the...
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Social Text (1 September 2011) 29 (3 (108)): 127–138.
Published: 01 September 2011
... nationalist interpretations by delineating the expansive qualities of empire in the United States and in South Asia. By historicizing the Delhi Durbar as an aesthetic spectacle of empire, this essay highlights how geometric motifs of colonial India are linked to the architectural landscape of post-9/11...
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Social Text (1 September 2013) 31 (3 (116)): 137–145.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Barbara Browning “This Balaclava Is Too Hot” is a narrative account of the author’s experiences presenting material in public forums on the relationship between faith, feminism, and aesthetics in the work of Pussy Riot. While US audiences have tended to sympathize with the anti-Putin political...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 87–104.
Published: 01 December 2014
... Gentlemen series thus not only documents a specific collectivity of drag queens, it also indicates the affective and aesthetic forces bringing the collectivity together, and in so doing also represents the mimetic ties and the group attunement that made STAR possible, providing an analogue of STAR’s queer...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 125–134.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Kandice Chuh Though more prominently known as a performance studies scholar and queer and critical race theorist, José Esteban Muñoz is cast in this essay as a theorist of the aesthetic. Informed by the ways that Muñoz offers a worldly pedagogy and critical practice that takes place in and makes...
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Social Text (1 June 2010) 28 (2 (103)): 57–83.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Friedrich Dürrenmatt's 1956 play Der Besuch der alten Dame (translated into English as The Visit ). The essay discusses how Mambéty's film is insistently heteroglossic, combining various lineages of thought, mythology, and aesthetics from African as well as Western sources. The film draws, for example, on...
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Social Text (1 June 2016) 34 (2 (127)): 45–70.
Published: 01 June 2016
... for the aesthetic and social form of contemporary Hollywood cinema. What Jameson in Postmodernism called the atemporal “waning of affect” is hyperbolically exposed in both films, which are linked by their formal emphasis on accumulation, repetition, and looping. This late capitalist regime of...
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Social Text (1 June 2016) 34 (2 (127)): 125–141.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Alexander R. Galloway For many humanists and cultural critics, Fredric Jameson’s work in the early 1980s typified a certain kind of Freudo-Marxist inquiry, a materialist approach to the investigation of politics and aesthetics that would remain influential through the turn of the millennium. Yet...
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Social Text (1 March 2016) 34 (1 (126)): 21–48.
Published: 01 March 2016
... organizational, social, geographic, and aesthetic dynamics that reflect its status as “ghetto” music, the author makes the case that the question of its blackness needs to be understood in terms of the way that the sonic and performative qualities of Footwork mark a collective reconceptualization of the spatial...