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Social Text (1 September 2017) 35 (3 (132)): 113–117.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Julietta Singh This poetic series in nine parts attunes to the subject’s complex and abiding attachment to the object. The unfixed voices of these poems subtly shift across the series, from subject to object to yet a third “social” position. The poems move through a queer temporality in which the...
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Social Text (1 March 2016) 34 (1 (126)): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2016
... recent turn in affect studies emphasizing the redemptive quality of love in the reparative process by offering a very different reading that I describe as “colonial object relations.” Attention to colonial object relations reveals the ways in which affect is unevenly distributed in the history of liberal...
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Social Text (1 June 2010) 28 (2 (103)): 1–30.
Published: 01 June 2010
... discern a politics of the book? This article addresses that question from two angles. First, it sets out a figure for the analysis of political material culture: the “communist object.” This figure is developed through Russian Constructivist concern with the “intensive expressiveness” of matter, Walter...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 63–66.
Published: 01 September 2009
... communist and capitalist visions of modernity, China cannot be studied in isolation, as a preexisting thing in itself. Instead of reducing it to a preconstituted object of knowledge, we must ask how China, and the objects in relation to which it exists, have come into being, and how they become stabilized...
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Social Text (1 March 2011) 29 (1 (106)): 3–14.
Published: 01 March 2011
... take the human subject as its dominant object of analysis. Informed by queer, disability, critical race, and postcolonial theory, it marks a biopolitics that acknowledges how interspecies relations form the often unmarked basis upon which scholarly inquiry organizes its objects, political interventions...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 182–187.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Fred Moten; Stefano Harney Policy is the imposition of insecurity, the oppressive regulation of the plans and operations by which the objects of policy anticipate and object to policy. These are notes toward an understanding of policy that also take up the question of whether it is inevitable that...
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Social Text (1 June 2016) 34 (2 (127)): 71–87.
Published: 01 June 2016
... key medium in the midcentury analysis of the “culture industries” and then by seeking to frame it as a theoretical object capable of shedding light on contemporary cultural and aesthetic forms in their relation to economic and political conditions. My argument is that Adorno and his readers/critics...
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Social Text (1 September 2008) 26 (3 (96)): 39–58.
Published: 01 September 2008
... conceptions of death inflect the way that the human body becomes an object of biomedical attention and management. The differences that emerge from these contrastive views, I want to argue, should not be understood in terms of an opposition between a “culture of death” and a “culture of life,” as some have...
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Social Text (1 December 2008) 26 (4 (97)): 51–76.
Published: 01 December 2008
... feminists with tools for grappling with racialized pornography, which is thought to re-enact Baartman's violent exhibition by rendering black women objects for white male spectators' consumption. This article argues that the constant invocation of Baartman's story has allowed an anti-pornography formation...
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Social Text (1 June 2009) 27 (2 (99)): 25–53.
Published: 01 June 2009
... “civil society.” It also reconsiders questions about the political role of mass media—to what extent are citizens manipulated as objects of the television media, and can they become subject-participants in their own representation? Finally, this study provides a critical examination of the formally...
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Social Text (1 March 2010) 28 (1 (102)): 1–12.
Published: 01 March 2010
... significant objective is to bring attention to the ways modalities of social difference, such as race, gender, class, and ability, structure the practices of making and listening to recordings as well as the manners in which we think about those practices. Another purpose is to implode the ultimately...
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Social Text (1 June 2009) 27 (2 (99)): 139–143.
Published: 01 June 2009
... culture. The talk is a rare example where Adorno discusses culture per se, as opposed to his work on “culture industry” and “cultural criticism.” The object of the critical and dialectical critique—a prime example of “immanent critique” as understood by the Frankfurt school—is the Enlightenment, both as a...
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Social Text (1 December 2010) 28 (4 (105)): 25–44.
Published: 01 December 2010
... they have not yet committed, thereby turning students with psychiatric histories into objects of fear for their teachers and counselors, and vice versa. This article charts the historical emergence of psychiatry's entanglement with institutional risk assessment and suggests an alternative framework for...
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Social Text (1 September 2010) 28 (3 (104)): 151–157.
Published: 01 September 2010
... 2008 Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas inhabit that space and inquire after its unequal, often violent dynamics. I comment on the new archives and objects of study that north-south research brings into view, and on the ways they exemplify the methodological challenges...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 177–181.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Brent Hayes Edwards Literature has been part of the purview of Social Text since the journal's inception, although the literary has never been presumed to be its paradigmatic or primary object of study. Moreover, from issue 4 (1981) through issue 39 (1994), the journal not only published...
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Social Text (1 June 2011) 29 (2 (107)): 67–97.
Published: 01 June 2011
... remediation, spaces and moments of renegotiation for their bearers, subject to counter-hegemonic representations, interpretations, and uses. As a special kind of material object, ID cards are an effective and low-tech means of surveillance and differentiation and an important nexus of Israeli power...
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Social Text (1 December 2011) 29 (4 (109)): 1–27.
Published: 01 December 2011
... human as two discrete categories, this introduction—and the special issue it accompanies—do not assume either concept as a pre-established object of knowledge; China is considered as a method of inquiry in itself. This introductory essay provides a conceptual and historical map for examining both China...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 231–241.
Published: 01 September 2009
... mediated communication are—borrowing from Fredric Jameson—“a symbolic vehicle” for, and an object of, progressive critique. Tavia Nyong'o considers how the image of the Internet as a creative commons is belied by Marx's insight into the dominating logic of machinic over human intelligence. Fortunately...
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Social Text (1 December 2011) 29 (4 (109)): 107–128.
Published: 01 December 2011
... between Martin Heidegger's and Daoist thinkings. In doing so, it dislodges Daoism from its usual place as an object of inquiry in Western humanistic and scientific studies, and repositions oneness as a mode of cultural analysis that moves from particular to particular in constantly and necessarily...
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Social Text (1 December 2013) 31 (4 (117)): 1–24.
Published: 01 December 2013
... manufactures a disaffected “rabble” without social composition, civil objectivity, or rights. The Hegelian rabble is a condition of permanent distress ( Notrecht ) and rightlessness marked by its unrealized and unrealizable integration into society. The rabble emerges as a right without right in strip searches...