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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 69–81.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Gabriel Giorgi The notion of precarity, central to the analysis of neoliberalism, shows a rhetorical and semantic instability between the exceptional and the normal, the individual and the collective, the social and the ontological. This instability is, I argue, at the core of the different...
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Social Text (1 June 2017) 35 (2 (131)): 39–67.
Published: 01 June 2017
... archive provides lessons on the distribution of wealth, precarity, and belonging in our world. Copyright © Duke University Press 2017 Zadie Smith Nicki Minaj Psy pop queer Aesthetic categories are, in their definition, social: to describe something as belonging to an aesthetic category...
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Social Text (1 March 2017) 35 (1 (130)): 79–99.
Published: 01 March 2017
... are especially brittle, breaking off cleanly as the contingencies of their unstable bodies intervene. Here, the enduring temporality of the social is secondary to practices of being between emergence and collapse. Addressing sociality here is not a romantic celebration of precarity or resilient...
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Social Text (1 March 2017) 35 (1 (130)): 131–136.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Elizabeth A. Povinelli Copyright © Duke University Press 2017 late liberalism neoliberalism vulnerability precarity This tightly conceived collection provides us with a luminous set of ethnographic encounters with exhausted social worlds and the effort that people within them exert...
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Social Text (1 December 2015) 33 (4 (125)): 59–60.
Published: 01 December 2015
... with the question of storytelling.” This roundtable takes up that ques- tion explicitly, reflecting on the ethics of methodology in creating narra- tives from documents that record grief, the precarity of survival, and the struggle for autonomy after...
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Social Text (1 June 2018) 36 (2 (135)): 107–122.
Published: 01 June 2018
... representation, in which, as Roderick Ferguson argues, the abjection or marginalization of difference is supplemented by its affirmation. 5 That is, if we define precarity as the condition created by capital’s propensity to invest in and withdraw from any particular locale at any time, not simply literally...
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Social Text (1 March 2017) 35 (1 (130)): 1–15.
Published: 01 March 2017
... together by a pervasive sense of precarity and relentless uncertainty that puts meaning and the social itself in question. We suggest that such afterworlds are characteristic of a broader historical moment characterized by the proliferation of disasters that are lived as endemic conditions: mass...
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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 1–17.
Published: 01 June 2013
... Precarity” discusses agency in his treatment of Latin American genres of precarious criminality. Giorgi argues that neoliberalism seeks to enclose the commons by inscribing “precarity” as a zone of criminal life. This genre juxtaposes narratives of criminal agency, forged in zones of precarity, with...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 33–37.
Published: 01 December 2014
... courage and recklessness (my fingers typed “wrecklessness” as though to evoke José’s glorious skill at conceptually significant riffing) also marked one of our last performances. José cast us both as poets of precarity, with me “hunkering down in the...
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Social Text (1 June 2018) 36 (2 (135)): 123–141.
Published: 01 June 2018
... entitlement that underlie it, manifests the ongoing cultural, political, and economic spirit of late colonialism. It is a mode of settler mastery that reads white precarity and dispossession through the normalization of Black and Indigenous precarity and dispossession in order to naturalize racism and...
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Social Text (1 December 2017) 35 (4): 53–86.
Published: 01 December 2017
... pamphlets. This does not mean that black suffering and white suffering are given the same valence, however. Rather, white supremacy nakedly sustains its own power via claims of vulnerability and precarity; further, white fragility is here performed via various invocations of slighted bodily and psychic...
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Social Text (1 June 2015) 33 (2 (123)): 99–120.
Published: 01 June 2015
.... Children have arrived at the border as political refu- gees, and while Obama certainly addressed the precarity of their lives by funding public health agencies, the state has also answered these children with a plan to equally increase the militarization of the borderlands and to enforce a regime of...
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Social Text (1 December 2017) 35 (4): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2017
..., schizophrenic subjectivity, like all subjectivities, is vulnerable to violent irruptions of traumatic pasts and precarious futures into its timespace. (When the intrusion arrives from the past, some call it haunting ). If such trauma and precarity are frequent features in the lifeworlds of schizophrenic...
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Social Text (1 March 2018) 36 (1 (134)): 55–60.
Published: 01 March 2018
... much-needed clarity in the face of corporate-minded arts boosterism, facile defenses of the arts as an unquestioned social good, and artists’ own structural complicity with — and, sometimes, misplaced loyalty to — a system that ultimately delivers them into precarity and social atomization. Let us...
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Social Text (1 June 2019) 37 (2): 109–131.
Published: 01 June 2019
... markers of the “human.” 7 This ontological precarity explains why refugees continue to be persistently represented and understood as figures of lack—homeless specters, abject outsiders, identityless mass, or wastes of globalization. Whether through a politics of humanitarian pity, a theoretical gesture...
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Social Text (1 December 2016) 34 (4 (129)): 71–85.
Published: 01 December 2016
... should see it as a telling example of the way religion now functions for the liberal state not as secularism’s or the Enlightenment’s other but as a strategy for advancing the well-being (here, the economic security) of the nation in an age of precarity and the new global. When the state retreats, who...
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Social Text (1 December 2013) 31 (4 (117)): 1–24.
Published: 01 December 2013
... about Sri Lanka’s protracted ethnic war and frequent sui- cide bomb attacks. For Sriyalatha, a survivor of the ravages of stigmatized widowhood and motherhood, sex work offered the provisional and precar- ious means of battling against structural privation and dispossession. Her invasive presence...
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Social Text (1 December 2016) 34 (4 (129)): 1–17.
Published: 01 December 2016
... precarity, so this argument runs, has persisted precisely as the precondition of civil society, with black flesh serving as what Wilderson calls an object of gratuitous (as opposed to historically contingent) sexual desire, violence, and torture. Following this line of thought, antiblackness names the...
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Social Text (1 December 2016) 34 (4 (129)): 19–40.
Published: 01 December 2016
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Social Text (1 March 2017) 35 (1 (130)): 17–35.
Published: 01 March 2017
.../belonging. When I did fieldwork in Japan between 2008 and 2011 on what I call precarity—the sense of insecurity around jobs, marriage, future, and the everyday that has percolated in the country since the start of Japan’s postbubble decline in 1991—an expression I continually encountered was ibasho ga...