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Social Text (1 September 2011) 29 (3 (108)): 31–49.
Published: 01 September 2011
... of will and capacity to violate, mutilate, and deform the bodies of the vulnerable; in this case, of vulnerable men. That this takes place in ways quite similar to the oppression of women opens up a range of questions about the pathological constitution of gender, desire, and even sensuality and...
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Social Text (1 March 2017) 35 (1 (130)): 79–99.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Zoë H. Wool This article considers the essential and unenduring attachments among grievously war-injured US soldiers remaking their lives at a military hospital. Their sense of being in common makes life bearable, but they do not constitute a community or even a cohort. Their profound attachments...
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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 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 March 2011) 29 (1 (106)): 3–14.
Published: 01 March 2011
... framing paradigm that names the articulation of human/non-human binaries and human/animal/plant taxonomies as interrelated, even as these continue to operate in congealed and differentiated modes. As a scholarly rubric, it aspires to transmit the character of political and social worlds that can no longer...
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Social Text (1 March 2011) 29 (1 (106)): 151–176.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga This article examines the descent of human beings into human game (animal hunted for food and sport) and even further into a vermin being (pestiferous being in need of elimination). It goes beyond the realm of similitude, that is, the treatment of certain people like...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 231–241.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Brent Hayes Edwards; Alondra Nelson; Tavia Nyong'o Despite the divergence between the accounts given by Stanley Aronowitz and Fredric Jameson of the origins of the name Social Text, it is worth exploring the use of the phrase in the work of Henri Lefebvre. Even if it is ultimately a false cognate...
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Social Text (1 December 2011) 29 (4 (109)): 57–79.
Published: 01 December 2011
... this curious convergence of modern Chinese Nationalist and Communist ethnopolitics. This includes, not least, the thorny problem of just why it should have been that the former barbarians were even preserved in this new form, as ethnic minorities, in the twentieth century—instead of becoming the target...
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Social Text (1 March 2012) 30 (1 (110)): 91–108.
Published: 01 March 2012
... contradictions of the socialist market economy (even the description is an oxymoron) that are not as yet clearly recognizable. These figures of the human do not appear necessarily as human figures. They are not so much representations of new social types as they are hysterical symptoms of a new society: like...
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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 1–17.
Published: 01 June 2013
... used to synthesize or even resolve the conflicting conceptual apparatuses of postmodernism (a term derived from aesthetic, humanistic, and cultural methodological questions) and globalization (a term derived from political economic, social, and cultural methodological questions). By attending to the...
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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 83–101.
Published: 01 June 2013
... action in one’s own best interest with a sense of intense, even desperate compulsion. Through a complex combination of threats to life and abstract modeling, these texts portray both the logical propositions that structure neoliberal personhood and the experience of suffering agency that accompanies life...
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Social Text (1 September 2013) 31 (3 (116)): 137–145.
Published: 01 September 2013
... position of the group, there has been some resistance to their choice to stage an action within a house of worship (the Cathedral of Christ the Savior)—and even more resistance, it seems, to an implication that there is aesthetic value in their musical performance. This piece explores all of these...
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Social Text (1 September 2013) 31 (3 (116)): 147–158.
Published: 01 September 2013
... restrictions of lip-synching, miming, and media censorship, to full effect. Was this selling out to pop? Or, as this essay argues, did punk bands learn from pop even as pop sought to plunder and profit from punk, playing out, in the process, the internal contradictions of a punk culture confronting the...
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Social Text (1 March 2015) 33 (1 (122)): 95–114.
Published: 01 March 2015
... structures of violence might allow for a way of thinking about the invaluable, or the outside of value, and how the lives of women in the life are informed by that knowledge even when, and perhaps because, they are at such close proximity to death. © 2015 Duke University Press 2015 serial murder black...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 137–148.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Jack Halberstam In the last year of his brilliant career, José Esteban Muñoz flirted with “the wild” and considered the possibility that this term, even with its blighted colonial etymology, might be one of the building blocks of a new critical vocabulary for thinking race, sexuality, and the...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 167–177.
Published: 01 December 2014
... taken as itself a reflection on times and experiences characterized by a split temporality in which an insurrectionary queer theory was emergent. Retrospectively, in large part through the figure of Muñoz himself, one could feel “queerness’s pull” in Durham, North Carolina, in 1989–90, even though Muñoz...
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Social Text (1 June 2010) 28 (2 (103)): 31–56.
Published: 01 June 2010
... political ontology of Frank B. Wilderson, and the cinematic vision of Haile Gerima against certain signs of prevarication, even gainsaying, regarding the nature of slavery and its afterlife in prominent strains of critical (race) theory, here advanced by noted scholars like Giorgio Agamben and Achille...
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Social Text (1 March 2008) 26 (1 (94)): 115–133.
Published: 01 March 2008
... loses her mother even before she can exchange her mother for her father, and where the daughter is exchanged precisely not to extend kinship ties between the biological and adoptive families. Through a reading of Jane Jeong Trenka's 2003 The Language of Blood , a memoir of growing up as a Korean adoptee...
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Social Text (1 June 2008) 26 (2 (95)): 1–12.
Published: 01 June 2008
... South Asia. In the last few years the heightened interest in urban studies has generally structured arguments around megacities. In contrast we argue that little attention has been given to other urban landscapes, small- and medium-sized towns that are situated on the margins of this discourse. Even...
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Social Text (1 June 2018) 36 (2 (135)): 41–61.
Published: 01 June 2018
... US settler modernity been constituted by this usurious necropolitics of the promise, even as it continually confers upon itself the temporal exception of debt imperialism? This analysis reveals that what is at stake in US settler modernity is not only the elision of conquest and genocide as the...