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Published: 01 December 2017
Figure 6 Beyond the curtain: policemen play with their mobile phones in a van parked directly outside the Ecuadorian embassy, 2014. Photograph by Michał Murawski Figure 6. Beyond the curtain: policemen play with their mobile phones in a van parked directly outside the Ecuadorian embassy, 2014 More
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Social Text (1 September 2013) 31 (3 (116)): 147–158.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Patrick Deer The embrace of the city in ruins was a familiar rallying cry of punk music. From Public Image Limited’s evocation of an urban subject murdered in the countryside while “the cassette played poptones,” to the Clash’s raucous calls for “a riot of our own,” to dub-influenced declarations...
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Social Text (1 September 2012) 30 (3 (112)): 27–47.
Published: 01 September 2012
... analyze a transcolonial identification that continues to capture Maghrebi and Mashreqi imaginaries today: the figure of Palestine. Focusing on a 1971 play by the Algerian writer Kateb Yacine and the popular theater troupe Workers’ Cultural Action, Mohamed Take Your Suitcase , I argue that this play co...
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Social Text (1 December 2012) 30 (4 (113)): 25–53.
Published: 01 December 2012
... collaborative project, bringing together a heterogeneous array of artists despite their dispersed geopolitical locations. The essay sheds light on the preoccupations of the diverse national rap movements across the Arab world and also investigates the role that rap music played in the Arab uprisings. It...
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Social Text (1 September 2010) 28 (3 (104)): 119–150.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Adrián Pérez Melgosa This essay researches the complex role that films portraying Anglo-Latin romances have played in the construction, dissemination, and reconstruction of Latin Americanism—the set of discourses representing and theorizing Latin America from local, U.S., and European...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 242–245.
Published: 01 September 2009
... whether institutional mediations, like states and trade unions, have exhausted their potential to serve as agents of social change. In answering this question, the essay points to contemporary movement activity and recent developments in Latin American politics in which states have played a major role in...
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Social Text (1 June 2012) 30 (2 (111)): 123–131.
Published: 01 June 2012
... rape of 1971 has remained in the Bangladeshi public memory through the last forty years. It has been a topic of literary and visual media (films, plays, photographs), thereby ensuring that the raped woman endured as an iconic figure. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, who is primarily associated with...
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Social Text (1 March 2013) 31 (1 (114)): 63–81.
Published: 01 March 2013
... gruesomely entranced by the possibility of civilizational collapse. Works of speculative fiction such as Atwood’s The Year of the Flood , on which this essay focuses, play a critically important role today by making the new extreme scales of biopolitical exploitation visible, speeding up the impact of...
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Social Text (1 December 2013) 31 (4 (117)): 25–47.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Bobby Benedicto This article examines the role played by “third world” queer place-making practices in the reproduction of postcolonial dreams of urban and global modernity. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in Manila, the Philippines, the article investigates the transformation of the...
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Social Text (1 June 2015) 33 (2 (123)): 57–81.
Published: 01 June 2015
... rebrand a global icon of conflict—the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ)—into a place of peace. The arts play an important role as mediating figures between violent histories and commodity pleasures in ways that often collude with a growing capitalist branding of historical conflict for an international...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 161–165.
Published: 01 December 2014
...David L. Eng This essay is a tribute to José Esteban Muñoz (1967–2013). It explores Muñoz’s engagement with psychoanalytic theory and affective difference as they play out in queer theory’s “antisocial thesis.” I suggest that Muñoz’s conception of racial identity as a performative cluster of common...
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Social Text (1 December 2018) 36 (4 (137)): 57–79.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Jessica Marie Johnson This article explores the role slavery’s eighteenth-and nineteenth-century Atlantic archive plays alongside the digital humanities’ drive for data. It situates critiques of the digital humanities in relation to decades-old debates about slavery that have reemerged with efforts...
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Social Text (1 December 2009) 27 (4 (101)): 67–94.
Published: 01 December 2009
... but, rather, a necessary openness to resistance, interpretation, and improvisation. A “scriptive thing,” like a play script, broadly structures a performance while unleashing original, live variations. Like the police in Louis Althusser's famous scenario, scriptive things leap out within a field...
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Social Text (1 September 2008) 26 (3 (96)): 11–37.
Published: 01 September 2008
... single out “hot spots” around the globe. All of this, in turn, takes place within the play of visibility and invisibility that is one important legacy of the war. Homing in on the powers and hazards of public images in Indonesia today and the multiplicity of visual modes and discourses and perspectival...
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Social Text (1 June 2008) 26 (2 (95)): 113–133.
Published: 01 June 2008
... has political force without being properly political. It suggests that this music has come to play the part assigned to witchcraft in many other societies, bearing within itself the capacity to transform individualism into antisociality, alienation into destruction, desire into violence. It can do so...
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Social Text (1 March 2009) 27 (1 (98)): 115–140.
Published: 01 March 2009
... Hughes and Mario Bauzá, and the reception by their audiences produced new hierarchal and relational understandings of Afro-diasporic cultures in both countries. Cubans celebrated Hughes as a representative of the most advanced sector of the global “colored race.” At the same time, Hughes played a...
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Social Text (1 March 2010) 28 (1 (102)): 1–12.
Published: 01 March 2010
... ahistorical narrative of sound-recording technology as driven by ever-improving “fidelity” in the reproduction of music. The introduction also explores the diverse ways in which sound recording plays a part in contemporary life and argues that each of these is centrally shaped by politics of corporeality...
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Social Text (1 June 2010) 28 (2 (103)): 57–83.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Friedrich Dürrenmatt's 1956 play Der Besuch der alten Dame (translated into English as The Visit ). The essay discusses how Mambéty's film is insistently heteroglossic, combining various lineages of thought, mythology, and aesthetics from African as well as Western sources. The film draws, for example, on...
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Social Text (1 March 2017) 35 (1 (130)): 17–35.
Published: 01 March 2017
... article examines how the neoliberal shift to self-responsibility plays out in the everyday rhythms of being with/out others for postsocial Japanese. It also considers the implications of these shifts for the concept of the social itself. Copyright © Duke University Press 2017 Japan single...
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Social Text (1 December 2001) 19 (4 (69)): 67–91.
Published: 01 December 2001
... reaffirming internationalism. 31 January. www.ased.org/documents/global/women/views/khool.htm . Mehdi, Samina. 1993 . Play highlights plight of women. Dawn, 13 March. Nadeem, Shahid. n.d. Dukhini. Unpublished play script. ____. Jhalli kithay jaavey . n.d. Unpublished play script. Nadeem...