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Social Text (2009) 27 (4 (101)): 67–94.
Published: 01 December 2009
... with the material world. The term scriptive thing integrates performance studies and “thing theory” by highlighting the ways in which things prompt, structure, or choreograph behavior. A knife, a camera, and a novel all invite—indeed, create occasions for—repetitions of acts, distinctive and meaningful motions...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (2 (107)): 67–97.
Published: 01 June 2011
... populations, what makes ID cards unique in the Palestinian/Israeli case is that their materiality is one of their most important and resonant aspects. The article describes various representations of the ID cards, for example in poetry and in murals, to show how they also function as sites of remediation...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (1 (118)): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 2014
... to Palestinian engagements with the wall, which is frequently represented allegorically or not represented at all. © 2014 Duke University Press 2014 The Materiality of Resistance Israel’s Apartheid Wall in an Age of Globalization Rebecca Gould “Existence is resistance,” says a Palestinian...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (2 (127)): 125–141.
Published: 01 June 2016
... the status of criticism and theory has changed subtly in recent years, particularly with the advent of new materialism and the larger ontological turn in contemporary theory. This article reassesses Jameson in the context of today’s new materialism, with an eye on the relationship between politics...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (4 (145)): 25–47.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Petrus Liu This article argues that the development of queer theory as a field has been critically shaped by a desire to dissociate the studies of gender and sexuality from material concerns. Though what is meant by “the material” varies wildly from context to context, queer critiques...
Published: 01 December 2018
Figure 2 Saturn Girl materializes a psychic projection of her teammates on the cover to Legion Lost , no. 9 (January 2001). Art by Olivier Coipel and Andy Lanning More
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Social Text (2020) 38 (4 (145)): 125–147.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Aren Z. Aizura; Marquis Bey; Toby Beauchamp; Treva Ellison; Jules Gill-Peterson; Eliza Steinbock This roundtable considers trans theory’s status as a site of thinking racialization, empire, political economy, and materiality in the current historical, institutional, and political moment. We ask...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (2 (103)): 1–30.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Nicholas Thoburn Following recent research in historical and cultural studies of “the book” and the practitioner field of book arts, the book is now approached no longer only as a vehicle for content but as a rich and mutable material entity. But in this materialist framework, is it possible...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 177–195.
Published: 01 March 2011
... Haraway, are “fleshly material-semiotic presences”: not a metaphor, a substitute or surrogate, and at the same time not the name of a discrete material otherness (what sometimes gets called nature). Their designation as both material and semiotic suggests a way to think about this case as a meaningful...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (1 (138)): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Kathryn Yusoff Geology is a praxis of materiality and thought in the genealogy of Western metaphysics and racial capitalism and a site of possession in the Anthropocene. In the context of renewed interest in the inhuman, this article uses the analytic of geologic realism to navigate between...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (4 (145)): 1–24.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of an expanded subjectless critique by interrogating not only the formative exclusions of queer studies but also the contingent material conditions through which “proper” queer subjects and identities emerge today; second, it reexamines long-standing debates on materialism and the incommensurability of queer...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 125–151.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Sage Gerson Abstract In a moment of electrified literary worldmaking, the unnamed protagonist of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man steals electricity to power the 1,369 lightbulbs and radio phonography in his subterranean refuge. Narratively and materially, electricity theft diagnoses the uneven access...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (4 (105)): 91–111.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Rob Appleford This article considers the problem of ironic subjectivity and materiality in the work of Cherokee artist Jimmie Durham. Durham's self-consciously rough sculptures were instrumental in promoting irony as a viable strategy for both the creation and interpretation of Native American art...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (1 (118)): 67–92.
Published: 01 March 2014
... of biotechnology on the production and circulation of knowledge means that contemporary decolonization movements must learn to speak about living systems, archival materials, and information control all in the same breath. This emergent biocultural paradigm has important consequences not only for archive theorists...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (4 (121)): 59–68.
Published: 01 December 2014
.... For Muñoz, if queerness is always on the horizon and not-yet-here, brownness is situated in the here-and-now as the materiality of everyday life. While others have taken up the coda of Cruising Utopia as a call to take ecstasy with the utopian thinker, this article begins with the ends and fringes...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (3 (144)): 83–115.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Katja Praznik This article offers a contribution to the political economy of creative labor in socialist Yugoslavia, tracing the emergence of a socialist entrepreneur from the shell of an art worker. It discusses shifts in economic policies that restructured the economic and material conditions...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (4 (145)): 105–123.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Jodi A. Byrd This article considers the queer problem of Indigenous studies that exists in the disjunctures and disconnections that emerge when queer studies, Indigenous studies, and Indigenous feminisms are brought into conversation. Reflecting on what the material and grounded body of indigeneity...
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Social Text (2008) 26 (1 (94)): 95–114.
Published: 01 March 2008
... not transparently reveal the material processes of the living organism as it coexists with other living beings in shared environments. Instead, “immunity,” which existed as a powerful juridical and political concept for almost two thousand years before it was applied to vital contexts, construes the individual...
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Social Text (2008) 26 (2 (95)): 13–33.
Published: 01 June 2008
...AbdouMaliq Simone Taking two neighborhoods in Dakar and Douala, the article investigates the processes through which these localities attempt to strike a balance between multiplying the conceivable relations among people, materials, and talk and forging a provisional framework to keep things from...
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Social Text (2008) 26 (3 (96)): 1–9.
Published: 01 September 2008
... of circulation and representation that it turn creates the pragmatic contexts for modes of practice and worship. It is through close attention to the materiality of religion forms – be they based in sound, image, or body – and their circulation as aesthetic and ritual forms that we can trace how religion becomes...