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Social Text (2018) 36 (3 (136)): 71–91.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Adriana Michele Campos Johnson Drawing on the recent infrastructural turn in the social sciences, this article proposes that we understand visuality in terms of infrastructure. In this context, a distinction can be posed between films of thick visuality and others of thin visuality. While...
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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 (4 (153)): 17–41.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Anna More Abstract This article argues that an infrastructural analysis of the early Portuguese slave trade permits a detailed account of the emergence of what Cedric Robinson called “racial capitalism.” The early Portuguese slave ship is one of the clearest examples of how an infrastructure...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 69–95.
Published: 01 December 2022
... mobility came under greater government scrutiny. Pronaf piloted an affective infrastructure that desired to channel border residents’ citizenship and consumption toward the reproduction of the political and economic status quo, eventually setting the stage for neoliberal transition. gflaherty...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 153–179.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Jennifer Wenzel Abstract This essay discusses “Forms of Life” in two senses: first, infrastructure as a social process that fosters particular forms of collective life and second, the agency/vitality imputed to infrastructure. The essay considers an unremarked ambivalence in energy humanities about...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 43–68.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Susan Zieger Abstract This essay explores the road and the chain as material and ideological forms of logistical and infrastructural power. Focusing on threechain gang narratives, John L. Spivak's Hard Times on a Southern Chain Gang (1932), Elliot Burns's I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain (1932...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (4 (129)): 111–138.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Junaid Rana This essay draws on ethnographic research in a Pakistani neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, to illuminate how the concepts of becoming and infrastructure reveal insights into racialization and the workings of the counterterror state. I discuss the concepts of racial becoming and racial...
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Social Text (2023) 41 (4 (157)): 1–36.
Published: 01 December 2023
...David Kazanjian Abstract This essay interprets a 1714 petition by five Black Bostonians as a challenge to the role infrastructure played in racial capitalism's development in colonial New England. It theorizes this petition as an “ante‐commons,” or a collective action at once before, alongside...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (1 (122)): 71–92.
Published: 01 March 2015
... and disaster relief. Bringing together ethnography and the social study of science and technology, this article illuminates uncertainties inhabiting military protocol in a crisscrossed public-private infrastructural universe. Focusing on the crucial predawn hours when rogue tsunami waves push against...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 97–123.
Published: 01 December 2022
... forms for articulating future worlds with a greater focus on care. This analysis proposes ruinous speculation as an affirmative form of future thinking that orients toward infrastructures that enable human and nonhuman worlds to thrive and away from infrastructures that reinforce the violent hierarchies...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (1 (150)): 39–67.
Published: 01 March 2022
... to consider energy paradigms and their future in relation to the “energy state,” or the centralized governance apparatus that has historically organized power infrastructures. Like the physics term that references any discrete value of total energy that remains fixed, but that is potentially mutable because...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 125–151.
Published: 01 December 2022
... to and impacts of electrification, while also (temporarily) creating alternative infrastructural relationships that refuse exclusion. Centered on Ellison's Invisible Man and its representation of electricity theft, this essay analyzes a constellation of US electrifictions focused on the relationship between...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 15–35.
Published: 01 March 2011
... reflect on how to “contain” them. Viral epidemics constitute not only vital events but also scalar narratives—they articulate transformations at the levels of molecules, cells, organisms, individuals, populations, species, ecosystems, technological infrastructures, political economies, and networks...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (4 (141)): 95–102.
Published: 01 December 2019
... forms of racialization, social reproduction, and social difference, along with geopolitical dynamics. In fact, logistics is a specific character of contemporary forms of power, and struggles over logistics and its infrastructures are imperial and tied to conflicts over land and livelihoods in a much...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (1 (142)): 17–38.
Published: 01 March 2020
... disposition to care , as both noun and verb. This deep context helps us account for the rise of a statist, ameliorative new liberalism at the turn of the century and the building of a midcentury apparatus of “white care”: a surround of institutions and infrastructure dedicated to the education, health...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (3 (148)): 79–101.
Published: 01 September 2021
..., to use Roderick A. Ferguson’s coinage, and places Sapphire's 1996 novel Push in conversation with Jesmyn Ward's 2011 novel Salvage the Bones . Both novels depict young Black mothers grappling with the disabling context of public infrastructural abandonment, in which the basic support systems...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (3 (148)): 1–16.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Joan Lubin; Jeanne Vaccaro Abstract Is sexology over? What does one do with its history, at once a seemingly remote relic and a persistent logic of biopolitics today? “Sexology and Its Afterlives” begins from the premise that the history of sexology lives in the infrastructures of the present...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (3 (152)): 17–35.
Published: 01 September 2022
... infrastructures. The essay argues that to more complexly understand security from the South, these two notions of diaspora must be held in productive tension. In this way, security is revealed as a racializing project grounded in coloniality, even within majority Black spaces. The essay concludes by illuminating...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (4 (101)): 25–44.
Published: 01 December 2009
... may be deployed in the service of university transnationalism. Theater's “Edifice Complex” (the rampant infrastructural expansion of theater facilities and MFA-driven ethos since the late 1960s) is comparable to the global university's “Outpost Complex” (the construction of overseas campuses geared...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (2 (131)): 69–90.
Published: 01 June 2017
... and social norm. In this context annoyance—noise pollution’s unstable ground—serves as an affective and corporeal register of the permeability of bodies and buildings, a crucial dimension of the atmospheric. And lastly, edge spaces of infrastructure reflect the interplay between sounds from the sky...
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