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Social Text (2012) 30 (3 (112)): 77–95.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Amber Jamilla Musser This essay reads Frantz Fanon and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari together based on their critiques of an Oedipal model of kinship. Though they have divergent reasons for rejecting this structure, merging these discourses brings into relief their overlapping interest in non...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 1–16.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Adriana Michele Campos Johnson; Daniel Nemser Abstract This essay introduces the special issue “Reading for Infrastructure: Worlds Made and Broken.” It offers an account of the “infrastructural turn” in the humanities and explains how the assembled essays frame infrastructures as making worlds...
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Social Text (2004) 22 (1 (78)): 123–145.
Published: 01 March 2004
..., and the Urdu ghazal . New Delhi:Manohar. Prakash, Gyan. 1999 . Another reason . Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Radway, Janice. 1984 . Reading the romance . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Rajagopal, Arvind. 2001 . Politics after television . Cambridge: Cambridge...
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Social Text (2008) 26 (4 (97)): 31–50.
Published: 01 December 2008
... such as Distrcit B13 and Casino Royale . © 2008 Duke University Press 2008 Light Reading Public Utility, Urban Fiction, and Human Rights Michael D. Rubenstein “The body, enlightened by electricity, was not docile, but ecstatic.”  — James Delbourgo, A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (2 (99)): 55–76.
Published: 01 June 2009
... to accommodate to and justify a condensed and twisted late-capitalist economic logic. © 2009 Duke University Press 2009 The Labor Factor in the Creative Economy A Marxist Reading Laikwan Pang In the advent of the creative economy,1 creativity is turned into a tool for economic development...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (1 (126)): 49–71.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Nicholas Mirzoeff Based on a full reading of the transcript of the grand jury hearings concerning the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on 9 August 2014, this article uses the transcript as an archive to demonstrate how the informal systems of racial hierarchy in the United States...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (3 (128)): 105–125.
Published: 01 September 2016
... Nyong’o for their helpful comments, and to all those who shared their books with me. This research forms part of an ongoing collaboration with Aurora Wallace. 1 Although it is slightly easier to read, the translation by Ben Fowkes introduces a thematic inflection—haunting, phantoms, ghosts...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (4): 53–86.
Published: 01 December 2017
..., grounded in contemporary queer and minoritarian, in particular African American, critique. I call the methodology of this return “promiscuous reading.” 23 This is not to say that what we understand as queerness in its modern sense is not present here in its germinal forms: as Siobhan Somerville...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (3 (132)): 17–40.
Published: 01 September 2017
.... Such paranoid readings have only grown more complex in the post-Soviet era, as changing strategies of state power, a growing orientation toward the global market, and the increasing availability of digital technologies enable more open criticism of the state in art and render criticism itself suspect. Drawing...
Published: 01 June 2022
Figure 3. The caption that follows this image reads, “A fine workstation in a fine piece of furniture.” Image from Zimmerman, Home Office Design , 90. More
Published: 01 June 2022
Figure 1. Julio Salgado, I read. I create. I mess up . (2017). More
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Social Text (2018) 36 (4 (137)): 81–110.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Erin Trapp This article provides a reading of the nonhuman world registered in Dunya Mikhail’s poem Diary of a Wave outside the Sea . While human rights poetry traditionally assembles a poetics of witnessing or mourning and focuses on the construction of the human person, this reading of Mikhail’s...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (2 (115)): 49–68.
Published: 01 June 2013
... and contradictions. Through readings of Kindred (a time-travel novel about slavery and its afterlife) and “Bloodchild” (a short story about interspecies surrogacy) it suggests how representation of reproductive slavery and surrogacy might yet provide critical awareness of and new responses to neoliberal rationality...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (3 (100)): 147–151.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Stefano Harney Michael Brown's article “Ideology and the Metaphysics of Content” ( ST 8, 1983) reminds us of what was at stake in the transition from ideology critique to cultural studies. Through an ethnomethodological close reading of the opening part of Marx's Capital , Brown teaches us...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (2 (107)): 1–19.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Eric Stanley This article examines forms of queer (non)sociality I call near life that are forced to exist, as nonexistence, outside the bounds of possessive humanism. Through a reading of the brutal murders and disarticulation of a number of trans/queer people, I suggest the legal category...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (4 (113)): 103–123.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Highway (2004), Luis Alberto Urrea’s documentary narrative account of a failed border-crossing expedition in 2001 that killed fourteen migrants. I read Urrea’s narrative reconstruction of this event, a case that remains the single worst migrant death-event in Arizona border history, as unconcealing...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (1 (114)): 21–41.
Published: 01 March 2013
... world is grounded, especially as hip hop emerges through the transmutation of the state’s terroristic repression of black revolution in the 1960s and 1970s into the sexualized violence of the present prison industrial complex. Using a reading of Lil’ Wayne and his song “Mrs. Officer,” I argue...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (2 (115)): 1–17.
Published: 01 June 2013
... sedimented forms of reading. We situate this intervention first in relation to long-standing debates within the humanities regarding Marxism, modernism, and the aesthetic, and second in relation to the recent “descriptive turn” or reaction against “symptomatic reading,” suggesting that it is difficult...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (4 (117)): 25–47.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Philippine Theater, a “drag” production marketed to tourist audiences as “the largest transvestite show in Asia.” The paper suggests that the Film Center can be read as a modern ruin: a spectral environment that elicits a lost sense of optimism and globalism, while inducing feelings of terror and dread...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (1 (122)): 27–48.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Catherine Fung This article cross-reads the 2005 trial of Chai Soua Vang, a Hmong American man who was convicted of murdering six Caucasian hunters in Wisconsin, with the 2008 film Gran Torino , a story of a Korean War veteran who mentors a Hmong American teenager. An examination of the trial...