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Social Text (2023) 41 (3 (156)): 35–55.
Published: 01 September 2023
... by Duke University Press 2023 computer vision ontology convolutional neural networks explainability There are now numerous accounts of the use of facial recognition by law enforcement agencies and many news stories extolling the capabilities of the technology corporations that market...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (4 (109)): 57–79.
Published: 01 December 2011
... orthographic building blocks for Chinese writing that have the form of bugs, beasts, or dogs, in combination with phonetic indicators. This article explains how, when, and why this Chinese ethnonymy (system of names of peoples) for China's barbarians was constructed and standardized as part of the formation...
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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 (2018) 36 (1 (134)): 45–54.
Published: 01 March 2018
...After Globalism Writing Group Hello, AI. Hello, algorithm. Hello, search engine. We have written this text to you, and to explain you to the reader. To explain the ways in which you change us and we change you. To articulate the ways in which you control us and the ways in which our control over...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 15–35.
Published: 01 March 2011
... of global finance, to name a few, as parts of the same story. Yet in leaning on bioscientific discourses that explain disease causality as naturally occurring within individual bodies (which may also be aggregated into populations), they concomitantly assume that boundaries we use to divide up the world...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (3 (100)): 188–193.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel This essay proposes a brief reflection on the meanings and relevancy of postcolonialism as a keyword in contemporary cultural studies. Taking as a point of departure the well-known etymological crisis through which many scholars feel compelled to explain how...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (3 (100)): 247–250.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Phillip Brian Harper Considering the intersections of theory, culture, and ideology in Social Text , this essay suggests that for all its interest in theory, the journal has never had a theory of theory, except for the proposition that insofar as theory explains practice it must derive from...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 1–16.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Adriana Michele Campos Johnson; Daniel Nemser Abstract This essay introduces the special issue “Reading for Infrastructure: Worlds Made and Broken.” It offers an account of the “infrastructural turn” in the humanities and explains how the assembled essays frame infrastructures as making worlds...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (1 (150)): 69–89.
Published: 01 March 2022
... of biocide as the theoretical framework explaining the production of toxic communities provided them with an equally original framework to understand climate change and its unequal impacts on people and ecosystems. In moving between waste and climate, local and global, those epistemic communities have...
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Social Text (2008) 26 (3 (96)): 59–78.
Published: 01 September 2008
... Divina” (“Divine Light”), is used in religious practice by Marcelo and his followers, who by singing along with the tune and regulating the intake and outtake of breath give rise to the magic-like, yet scientifically explained, somatic reaction of goose bumps. Examining this affective, bodily response...
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Social Text (2008) 26 (2 (95)): 113–133.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Rosalind Morris What explains the social power of music in the United States today? What allows Americans to invoke it as the cause of antisocial violence, as well as of personal expressivity? This essay contemplates the peculiar American invention of a musical culture defined by generation, which...
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Social Text (2008) 26 (4 (97)): 51–76.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Jennifer C. Nash Saartjie Baartman's story has become central to black feminist theory and politics, serving as the primary analytic vehicle for explaining the violence that the dominant visual field inflicts on black female bodies. The re-telling of Baartman's story has also provided black...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (3 (100)): 1–24.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Brent Hayes Edwards; Anna McCarthy The essay provides a short introduction to the special anniversary issue of Social Text , explaining the protocol for the “keyword” essays that make up the majority of the issue: each contribution takes up particular points (single essays) or threads (themes...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (2 (103)): 145–152.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Aimé Césaire Aimé Césaire's Lettre à Maurice Thorez , which appears here in a new translation by Chike Jeffers, is the Martinican poet, playwright, theorist, and politician's letter of resignation from the French Communist Party (PCF). He first explains his resignation by making reference...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (4 (129)): 41–70.
Published: 01 December 2016
... soldiers because they sought to defend themselves from mob violence at the hands of White soldiers and civilians. Despite this, the nation’s strident racism did not prevent Blacks from seeking entry into the armed forces. This article explains why African Americans willingly risked their lives to support...
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Social Text (2001) 19 (4 (69)): 93–113.
Published: 01 December 2001
... get poorer and poorer even though we create more and more wealth.” —New York Times, 2 February 2001 “ORION wants to bring hope to this city,” explained the human resource manager of the ORION Corporation’s Ciudad Juárez operations.1 ORION, a multinational manufacturer of automobile...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (1 (118)): 67–92.
Published: 01 March 2014
..., this archival para- digm has played a crucial role in the history of imperial governance. In her analysis of the Dutch colonial archive, Stoler explains that the central- izing functions of the archive enabled nineteenth-­century Dutch colonial administrators to construct systematized “grids...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (4 (117)): 49–76.
Published: 01 December 2013
... success while reveling in the pleasure of wordplay and misdirection.12 As one Cantata actor explained to me, Ananse folktales, familiar to most Ghanaians, tell of the exploits of the mythic human/spider as “he tries to trick his wife and children, his...
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Social Text (2003) 21 (2 (75)): 25–48.
Published: 01 June 2003
... the contradictions and explained their inevitability: When Abu Fahmy told me, after asking him if they were massacred in Tan- toura, in the village, in the streets, my impression was that he saw...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (4 (121)): 149–159.
Published: 01 December 2014
... that are not exactly wished for. Perhaps some of that desire not to inhabit the roles that were given to us explains the fact that this particular Cuban archive is so hidden at the end of the world (the basement laundry room perhaps some of that desire...