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Social Text (1 September 2011) 29 (3 (108)): 93–124.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Max Haiven This essay seeks to contribute to the theoretical groundwork for a cultural studies of finance by recasting a Marxist theory of value toward an analysis of the politics of the imagination under financialized capitalism. My argument is as follows. (1) Social cooperation, creativity, and...
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Social Text (1 December 2012) 30 (4 (113)): 127–141.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Anand Pandian This essay arises from anthropological fieldwork on the making of south Indian popular cinema. Ethnographic attention is lent to a series of cinematic situations to further relay the intertwining of cinematic and anthropological imagination. The essay is composed as a montage of...
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Social Text (1 June 2012) 30 (2 (111)): 1–20.
Published: 01 June 2012
... embodied labor in the spaces for traded goods. In such a way, these images implicitly rearticulate the Marxist critique of the commodity’s fetish-like character by highlighting the invisibilities that this involves. © 2012 Duke University Press 2012 The Worker as Revenant Imagining Embodied Labor...
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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 83–101.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Jane Elliott Jane Elliott examines the way in which twenty-first-century fiction imagines what she terms suffering agency , or the experience of agency as an omnipresent and overriding burden for the neoliberal subject. By focusing on the high-profile and acclaimed novels Life of Pi (2001), Never...
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Social Text (1 December 2010) 28 (4 (105)): 25–44.
Published: 01 December 2010
... responding to the intertwined problems of mental illness and violence. Unlike policies based on risk, legal scholar Martha Albertson Fineman's concept of “vulnerability” is a flexible way of imagining how “inequalities are produced and reproduced by institutions.” Understanding how universities might produce...
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Social Text (1 March 2011) 29 (1 (106)): 127–149.
Published: 01 March 2011
... formations. The caterpillar imagined in the memo reveals a logic of security that attempts to redistribute the affective violence of terrorism by producing fear in the detainee and targeted populations, while simultaneously confirming a racialized equation of torture and truth. The article situates this...
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Social Text (1 March 2017) 35 (1 (130)): 79–99.
Published: 01 March 2017
... emerges as an ethics for now, situated in sociopolitical and material arrangement of the American afterwar that papers the present over with imagined futures: the individuating triumph of rehabilitation, the collectivizing identification with a war that could seem worth it, the stabilizing conjugation of...
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Social Text (1 December 2015) 33 (4 (125)): 68–76.
Published: 01 December 2015
... the archives must not be dismissed but must instead be approached with rigor and imagination. 2016 Lincoln African Americans archives everyday life storytelling References American Missionary Association Archives . Microform . Amistad Research Center, Tulane University , New...
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Social Text (1 December 2010) 28 (4 (105)): 65–89.
Published: 01 December 2010
... network. This essay contends that, instead of instrumentally mobilizing networks to fight networks, the work of the critical imagination is better served by isolating the deep specificity of networks in their formal deployment across a number of discursive fields. To that end, the essay explores “network...
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Social Text (1 June 2011) 29 (2 (107)): 47–66.
Published: 01 June 2011
... Dust (2000), imagines itself as a competitor for the production of truth; Canadian novelist Alan Cumyn's Burridge Unbound (2000) serves as an analogue prone to similar forces of fragmentation; and David Park's vision of a fictional commission in Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner (2008...
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Social Text (1 December 2011) 29 (4 (109)): 81–105.
Published: 01 December 2011
... place describes and includes, as a kind of phenomenological unconscious, a compelling and usually unstated idea of the human: that the (political, economic, or mimetic) cosmos of a work—any work—is the imaginative correlate of a distribution of humanness across the field of all bodies and thus an...
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Social Text (1 March 2012) 30 (1 (110)): 143–157.
Published: 01 March 2012
... transforming “the barbaric world dominated by civilized countries,” in the words of the late Qing Dynasty intellectual Yang Du. These theories of subjectivity deserve renewed attention, as they are valuable spiritual resources for contemporary left-wing intellectuals as they try to imagine the future for China...
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Social Text (1 December 2012) 30 (4 (113)): 1–24.
Published: 01 December 2012
... calypso theater sounded and staged a philosophy of the history of jazz predicated on the production of a people that emerge as a refusal of the biopolitical population addressed by US Steel. By focusing on the televised performance’s dance and dramaturgy, this analysis shows how A Drum Is a Woman imagined...
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Social Text (1 March 2013) 31 (1 (114)): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of the Third World imagined a decolonizing world system, which allowed them to rethink culture and humanity as historical categories. To describe the nature of the world system of decolonization, I consider three foundational works that saw print following the historic Bandung Conference in 1955...
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Social Text (1 March 2013) 31 (1 (114)): 63–81.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Ashley Dawson Contemporary modes of biopolitical manipulation and commodification entail a radically new political economy of nature, a wholesale shift from the laws of biological evolution and development that have subtended much of the temporal imagination of modernity. In place of the notions of...
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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 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 69–81.
Published: 01 June 2013
... directions in which culture responded to the neoliberal era in Latin America since the 1990s, producing contrasting renderings of precarity. In these productions, the question of subjectivity becomes a kernel of new political imagination as a site of political and aesthetic contestations. By focusing on a...
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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 103–121.
Published: 01 June 2013
... genres facilitated the cultural production of the imagined national community for the continent’s young nation-states, this emergent body of detective mysteries, police procedurals, trial dramas, and noir thrillers enlists the popular crime tale’s generic preoccupations with unchecked desire, social...
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Social Text (1 December 2013) 31 (4 (117)): 49–76.
Published: 01 December 2013
... audiences imagine their participation in national public life. © 2013 Duke University Press 2013 Television Tricksters Parody and Contradiction in Ghanaian Melodrama Jesse Weaver Shipley Ghanaian television melodrama is parody that shows audiences how to act in public in order to elude moral...
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Social Text (1 March 2015) 33 (1 (122)): 49–70.
Published: 01 March 2015
... the limit that a politics of representation has reached in our increasingly biopolitical environment. The article argues that the film’s digitization of artificial skin functions as an anchor for a complex imagining of the sociopolitical contexts that bind identity to history. The surface of the skin...