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Social Text (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...
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Social Text (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...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (2 (111)): 1–20.
Published: 01 June 2012
... of 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 (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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Published: 01 December 2022
Figure 1. Still from A Practice in Excavating and Envisioning Ambos Nogales depicting the border aboveground in photographs and sketches and imagining the border underground as a series of openings through a mesh of wood, cloth, and metal. More
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Social Text (2021) 39 (2 (147)): 1–23.
Published: 01 June 2021
...’ imaginative engagements with the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody hashtag memorializing Sandra Bland's death, the author identifies that users craft an anticipatory nonspectatorship , a mode of imaginative witnessing arising from the contexts of technological and visual failure and the situated imaginations of Black...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (4 (105)): 25–44.
Published: 01 December 2010
... 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 or exacerbate...
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Social Text (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...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 153–179.
Published: 01 December 2022
...? China Miéville's story “Covehithe” mobilizes the literary imagination to depict sunken oil platforms as revenant and reproductive organisms that pose new questions about relationships among humans, nature, and technology, and about the care, responsibility, and politics such forms of life demand...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (2 (143)): 73–96.
Published: 01 June 2020
... found it easier to imagine an end to race than to imagine that racism could be contested in political terms, anticolonial politics challenged both the colonial ordering of the world and the biopolitical logic of racial plasticity. © 2020 Duke University Press 2020 plasticity race antiracism...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (3 (144)): 55–82.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Meryem Kamil This article centers two new media projects that imagine Palestinian decolonization, given the occupation of Palestinian land: news site Al Jazeera English’s 360-degree video tour of al-Aqsa compound in East Jerusalem and Palestinian grassroots organization Udna’s three-dimensional...
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Social Text (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 (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 (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...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (1 (110)): 143–157.
Published: 01 March 2012
... but by 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 (2012) 30 (4 (113)): 1–24.
Published: 01 December 2012
... 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 (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: Frantz...
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Social Text (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...
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Social Text (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 global...
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Social Text (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...