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Social Text (2014) 32 (1 (118)): 23–43.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Laleh Khalili This essay examines the instrumentalization of emotions and affect—especially of happiness—in evaluating the outcome of counterinsurgencies. Traditionally, metrics and statistics have been utilized as the main means of measuring the achievement of military goals. However, given...
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Social Text (2023) 41 (1 (154)): 47–70.
Published: 01 March 2023
... D. Eisenhower was to dub the “military‐industrial complex.” Through readings of R.S.V.P. and Zami , the article traces the racial and gendered history of nylon as both a fashion commodity and a military resource. These readings demonstrate Black feminism's central relevance to US military...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (4 (129)): 41–70.
Published: 01 December 2016
... the military imperatives of the very White government that subjected them to the assaults of racism through legal sanction. Central to this problem was the ritual power of civil religion, particularly the role of death in warfare. By risking their lives through military service, African American soldiers...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (4 (105)): 65–89.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Patrick Jagoda The contemporary military doctrine of “network-centric warfare” has favored a decentralized approach to both humanitarian interventions and “warfighting.” In reframing enmity as network antagonism, the United States has focused on a new type of anti-American enemy: the terrorist...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (2 (135)): 41–61.
Published: 01 June 2018
...Jodi Kim This essay offers an investigation of US settler colonialism and military empire, a conjunction theorized as settler modernity, in the post–World War II era. It argues that settler modernity is an ensemble of relations significantly structured and continually reproduced through manifold...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (4 (113)): 55–80.
Published: 01 December 2012
... on the military’s attempt to convert language, both its own and those of others, into a weapon of counterinsurgency. It delves into such tactics as the training of soldiers in foreign languages, the attempts to develop automatic translation systems, and the protocols for the conduct of native translators. It also...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (2 (119)): 25–51.
Published: 01 June 2014
... of their informational content. In these situations, sound becomes indistinguishable from violence itself. Drawing on the experiences of Iraqi civilians and US military service members, the essay claims that the ontologies of violence and sound have similarly directional and omnidirectional characteristics. Both...
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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 (2018) 36 (4 (137)): 81–110.
Published: 01 December 2018
... of the disaster. Mikhail’s writing of the disaster of military human rights intervention depicts it as different from other disasters of the twentieth century, however, in that it destroys a way of life that is made legible only through this destruction. Reading Mikhail’s poetry, one finds this way of life...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (4 (101)): 1–23.
Published: 01 December 2009
... of the recent U.S. occupation of Iraq. As an examination of the vexed position of Iraqi translators working for the U.S. military shows, attempts to deploy American notions of translation in war have devolved instead into the circulation of what in fact remains untranslatable and so unassimilable to U.S...
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Social Text (2008) 26 (2 (95)): 83–103.
Published: 01 June 2008
... and that are being transformed in the new state. While the fort has changed from local and regional political-military center to national museum, helping shape more abstract and impersonal relationships to the past, the town's crumbling wall, whose origin myth and grandeur are no longer legitimized as an emblem...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (3 (100)): 43–51.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Ana María Dopico As Social Text published its first essays on Latin America, the Americas were living the disastrous consequences of a hemispheric cold war in the forms of dictatorships, military rule, and brutal state violence; confronting popular and institutionalized revolutions; and suffering...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (1 (130)): 79–99.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Zoë H. Wool This article considers the essential and unenduring attachments among grievously war-injured US soldiers remaking their lives at a military hospital. Their sense of being in common makes life bearable, but they do not constitute a community or even a cohort. Their profound attachments...
Published: 01 September 2022
Figure 1. In Eye in the Sky (2015), Colonel Katherine Powell (played by Helen Mirren) processes the images before her from a military base in the United Kingdom: to the left is an image of the living room inside the terror suspects’ home; to the right is the satellite image of the home from More
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Social Text (2007) 25 (2 (91)): 143–168.
Published: 01 June 2007
... to Perpetual Interventionism Michael Feldman Lying behind the seemingly endless cycle of military interventions, mas- sively distorted budget priorities, and the erosion of peaceful diplomacy in the postwar era...
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Social Text (2007) 25 (2 (91)): 169–180.
Published: 01 June 2007
... by Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) during the summer and autumn of 2006.1 Urban Resolve is perhaps the U.S. military’s most frank admission that the megacities of the global South are likely to be the predominant loci of future warfare. Indeed, JFCOM’s description of the exercise acknowledges...
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Social Text (2006) 24 (1 (86)): 127–152.
Published: 01 March 2006
..., was significant for its early examination of the role and development of the military sciences in the disciplining of individual bodies.1 The History of Sexuality attempted a more ambitious theory of the relations between war and biopower.2 Facing death, Foucault declared that “if God grants me life...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (3 (152)): 37–59.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Figure 1. In Eye in the Sky (2015), Colonel Katherine Powell (played by Helen Mirren) processes the images before her from a military base in the United Kingdom: to the left is an image of the living room inside the terror suspects’ home; to the right is the satellite image of the home from...
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Social Text (2003) 21 (2 (75)): 75–94.
Published: 01 June 2003
...-Lughod, 139 -63. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1971. Al-Hameshmar. 1963 . The military government survived with a majority of one vote [editorial]. Al-Hameshmar ,21 February 1963. 'Awad, Hussein Hassan. 1960 . A letter: To His Highness the president of our respectful state, Mr...
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Social Text (2007) 25 (2 (91)): 13–22.
Published: 01 June 2007
...Randy Martin Duke University Press 2007 War, by All Means The war against this enemy is more than a military conflict. It is the Randy Martin decisive ideological struggle of the twenty-first century...