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Social Text (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 (2019) 37 (4 (141)): 77–93.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Precarity Lab Digital technologies have helped consolidate the wealth and influence of a small number of people. By taking advantage of flexible labor and by shifting accountability to individuals, sharing economy platforms have furthered insecure conditions for racial, ethnic, and sexual...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (3): 25–46.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Tina M. Campt How do we engage a contemporary visual archive of blackness that is saturated by the proliferation and mass circulation of images of violence, antiblackness, and premature death? This article explores the labor required by visual enactments of black precarity in the work of filmmaker...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (4 (149)): 27–53.
Published: 01 December 2021
..., social atomization, precarity, abandonment, and premature death under the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had especially lethal consequences for those who are impoverished, racially abjected, and deemed violable or disposable within economies of dispossession. For Indigenous peoples under US...
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Social Text (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 intimacies...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (2 (131)): 39–67.
Published: 01 June 2017
... this archive provides lessons on the distribution of wealth, precarity, and belonging in our world. When Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak warned us, in her 1992 call for transnational literacy, not to reduce the plural agency inherent in planetary cultural production to a “liberal multiculturalism...
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Social Text (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 (2022) 40 (2 (151)): 21–48.
Published: 01 June 2022
..., consumptive pleasures amid a milieu characterized by wage stagnation, job insecurity, and risky entrepreneurship. 1 This essay locates this response to precarity in a genealogy of middle-class adaptivity, rooted in the early telecommuting movement of the 1980s and 1990s. Though “telecommuting...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (2 (135)): 107–122.
Published: 01 June 2018
..., 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 through fiscal investment...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (2 (115)): 1–17.
Published: 01 June 2013
... representation. Gabriel Giorgi’s “Improper Selves: Cultures of 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...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (1 (130)): 1–15.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., we consider them here as emplotted in a rather different temporality: 36 the temporality of the afterworld, the wake, the slow space, a stickiness left by the structural and, yes, more historic shifts that created these conjunctures of instability, of precarity. This temporal vantage point...
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Social Text (2024) 42 (1 (158)): 81–101.
Published: 01 March 2024
... possessions: “We put our bodies on the line, because that's the only weapon we have. That's the only thing we were left with; we were left with our bodies. And we use those in protest.” 10 Indeed, Judith Butler observes that precarity can provide both the reason for and a potential form of activism...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (2 (135)): 123–141.
Published: 01 June 2018
... 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 colonialism while...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (4 (125)): 59–60.
Published: 01 December 2015
...- 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 slavery. DOI 10.1215/01642472-3315898 60 Editors...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (4 (145)): 1–24.
Published: 01 December 2020
... and securitization—by which they mean “geopolitically inflected contexualization of the debate on safe space”—with a familiar subject of queer studies: sexual precarity on campus, as well as vulnerable student populations in need of protection through trigger warnings, campus alert systems, and Title IX safeguards...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (4 (149)): 149–180.
Published: 01 December 2021
... employment for gig economy jobs. The light-hearted tone of some of these stories disguises the growth of precarity within a neoliberal economy ensnared by COVID-19 containment measures. From pilots to design directors (whose “advice for others going through tough times is to be positive”), no one is immune...
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Social Text (2023) 41 (1 (154)): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2023
..., Black Shoals , 5 ). 7. Agard-Jones, “What the Sands Remember,” 325 . 8. For more on Black ecological thought, see Dungy, Black Nature ; and Ruffin, Black on Earth . 9. Ferreira da Silva, “Reading the Dead,” 45 . 10. Mackey, “Breath and Precarity,” 15 . 11...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (4): 53–86.
Published: 01 December 2017
.... The pamphlets’ almost nonsensical multiple generic performances produce a political aesthetic in which the grotesque, usually aligned with comedy—our Mrs. Nose-bones again—is attached to the physical precarity and political privileges of the white majority. In the years between the passage of the Thirteenth...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (4 (145)): 77–103.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., disgusting, and untidy disorganization of bodies, things, and emotions.” Manalansan, “‘Stuff’ of Archives.” 53 See Queer Survival Economies, “Invisible Lives, Targeted Bodies.” 54 Hollibaugh and Weiss, “Queer Precarity and the Myth of Gay Affluence,” 24 . 55 Fine, Worker Centers...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (1 (146)): 47–67.
Published: 01 March 2021
... data science institute) is purchased by offshoring the risk of displacement and precarity to the surrounding community. In geographic terms, that community in Charlottesville happens to be low-wealth people of color who find themselves pushed out, literally and metaphorically, by the larger footprint...