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Social Text (2016) 34 (4 (129)): 1–17.
Published: 01 December 2016
... across these genealogies, we highlight the intersection of two ostensibly parallel scholarly trajectories: race as political theology and race as political ontology. Both of these trajectories point toward the condensed relationships among our three terms, illuminating in the process the deep structure...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 15–35.
Published: 01 March 2011
... are “naturally” articulated within the political ontology of modern capitalism. By focusing on the paradoxical effects induced by this biopolitical parsing of the life world, and in particular by meditating on “the virus” as a figure that rectifies and obscures this constitutive paradox, this article suggests...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (2 (103)): 31–56.
Published: 01 June 2010
..., the political ontology of Frank B. Wilderson, and the cinematic vision of Haile Gerima against certain signs of prevarication, even gainsaying, regarding the nature of slavery and its afterlife in prominent strains of critical (race) theory, here advanced by noted scholars like Giorgio Agamben and Achille...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (2 (123)): 99–120.
Published: 01 June 2015
... understanding of racial performativity, feelings, and citi- zenship is largely inspired by Muñoz’s call to theorize the processes “that [block] the Latina/o citizen-­subject’s trajectory to ‘official’ citizenship-­ subject political ontology.”11 This central...
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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 (2008) 26 (3 (96)): 79–100.
Published: 01 September 2008
... and ontology, but also a crucial matter of power. In order for a bin Laden tape to have its “effects” in politics, action, and debate, it need not be real or validated; it must simply be the subject of belief. © 2008 Duke University Press 2008 Enemy Voice Jonathan Sterne On 5 February 2006...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (2 (115)): 69–81.
Published: 01 June 2013
... advanced by Judith Butler.5 The “multiplicity of precarity as both ontological experience and labour condition,” as Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter put it,6 the slippage between both constellations of meaning, is then at the core of many political and cultural inscriptions of precar- ity as both...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (4 (121)): 137–148.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., and the undercommons together. Drawn to Wu Tsang’s 2011 film, Wildness , and in dialogue with Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter and its “political ecology of things,” Muñoz extended his thinking on death, loss, and utopia from Cruising Utopia and began an investigation into a postcolonial rendering of the wild...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (1 (138)): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2019
... the category of the inhuman as earth and the inhuman as race. Geology delivers two kinds of realism: a realism of racialized substrata labeled inhuman that was the subjective resource for extraction and resistance, and a realism that was an epistemic-ontological confrontation with the history of dynamic Earth...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (2 (127)): 143–160.
Published: 01 June 2016
... of the Institute for Critical Theory at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act (1981), A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present (2002), and, most recently, The Ancients and the Postmoderns: On the Historicity...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (2 (143)): 1–17.
Published: 01 June 2020
... and queer reconceptualizations of life and the inorganic, aiming to revisit domains long presumed to be anathema to a queer politics of subversion, or even benign variation, have described an ontological plasticity in the subindividual dimensions of the world. Often, feminist and queer theories...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (2): 1–28.
Published: 01 June 2019
...; racial capitalism, instead, encapsulates the processes through which the political ontologies of “the racial” have operated as meaningful and durable analytics of unequal difference at capitalism’s core. Robinson, Black Marxism . 40 Jodi A. Byrd and colleagues use the phrase economies...
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Social Text (2003) 21 (4 (77)): 9–33.
Published: 01 December 2003
... and phenomena that pose a challenge to this vision of how things are become branded as corrupt. Since the modern concept of corruption does not function as an explicitly normative construct but rather as an articulation of categories of bourgeois political ontology, it has the effect of constituting...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (2 (127)): 45–70.
Published: 01 June 2016
... : BFI . Žižek Slavoj . 2001 . The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology . New York : Verso . Žižek Slavoj . 2003 . The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity . Cambridge, MA : MIT Press . 81 This is the title of Fredric Jameson’s...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (2 (143)): 49–71.
Published: 01 June 2020
... femme ( Nora, the Ape-Woman ), imagines the possibilities of human-ape ontological and erotic proximity suggested by Voronoff’s practice of gland xenotransplantation, or transspecies transplantation. This article puts Nora and the early twentiethcentury science of ductless glands (ovaries, testicles...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 3–14.
Published: 01 March 2011
... of power and the com- plexity of incommensurate ontologies, “Interspecies” complicates the many politics of interface that produce a meta domination-­versus-­victim narrative about the human exploitation of nonhuman animal life. Philo- sophical interest in advocacy, ethics, and rights...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (3 (124)): 45–73.
Published: 01 September 2015
... disciplinary categories of race but, more perniciously, through biopoliti- cal control aggregates of population.79 This geopolitics of racial ontology destabilizes the relentless focus on epistemological correctives that tend to dominate political interventions...
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Social Text (2023) 41 (3 (156)): 35–55.
Published: 01 September 2023
...‐twentieth‐century ontology of the digital image in these contemporary technologies. While CNNs are multidimensional, their ontology flattens distinctions between background and foreground, between subjects and objects, and even the relations established among the categories of information used to organize...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (2 (143)): 97–119.
Published: 01 June 2020
... This concern is not a call for Caribbean philosophical purity or an argument that Afro-Caribbean thinkers are reducible to their bodies and the land. Instead, it is an attempt to trace how the political economy of fungibility, the ontologizing technology Wynter calls the pieza framework , shapes critical...
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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...