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Social Text (1 March 2010) 28 (1 (102)): 107–124.
Published: 01 March 2010
... recording studios. The story bears its own annals of the uncredited, adding volumes of names to those who have lent their uncompensated talents to the advent of studio-based recording. With a focus on freestyle's women vocalists from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, this essay picks up on a legacy of...
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Social Text (1 March 2019) 37 (1 (138)): 85.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Death records of anonymous Africans rescued from illegal slave ships and held at the House of Correction in Rio de Janeiro, collected at the Arquivo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, IJ7 11. Photograph by Yuko Miki. Death records of anonymous Africans rescued from illegal slave ships and held...
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Social Text (1 March 2010) 28 (1 (102)): 87–105.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Gustavus Stadler This essay examines 1890s commercial audio recordings—none of which is known to exist today—that reenacted lynchings of African Americans,in particular, the mass spectacle lynching of Henry Smith of Paris, Texas, in 1893. Despite rumors that the recordings were made live, they were...
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Published: 01 March 2019
Death records of anonymous Africans rescued from illegal slave ships and held at the House of Correction in Rio de Janeiro, collected at the Arquivo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, IJ7 11. Photograph by Yuko Miki. Death records of anonymous Africans rescued from illegal slave ships and held at More
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Social Text (1 March 2010) 28 (1 (102)): 1–12.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Gustavus Stadler The introduction to “The Politics of Recorded Sound,” this special issue of Social Text , lays out the unifying mission of the diverse essays: to study sound recording within a wide-ranging, historicized understanding of mediation as a process embedded within networks of power. A...
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Social Text (1 September 2013) 31 (3 (116)): 111–122.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Debra Rae Cohen; Michael Coyle Attention to pop ideology is inevitably limited where it doesn’t take formal questions into consideration. However, the question of form in a pop record is itself complicated, because form here doesn’t simply mean song form: it also involves negotiations and...
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Social Text (1 March 2010) 28 (1 (102)): 59–85.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman This essay examines the sonic archive of tape recording artist Tony Schwartz, in particular his 1955 Folkways album Nueva York: A Tape Documentary of Puerto Rican New Yorkers . Working from assumptions located in sound studies, I argue that Schwartz's recordings are...
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Social Text (1 March 2017) 35 (1 (130)): 59–78.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Lisa Stevenson This essay considers what it means to speak into an absence. In particular, the author thinks about a series of recordings from the 1960s in which Inuit in Arctic Canada send messages to their relatives in tuberculosis sanatoria in southern Canada. The dislocation such separation...
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Social Text (1 December 2015) 33 (4 (125)): 35–57.
Published: 01 December 2015
... occurred in 1798 in the state of Bahia, Brazil, the author argues for the importance of shifting from historical methods that attempt to recover or reveal evidence of secrets within archival records to a focus on why both judges and suspects were motivated to keep secrets during interrogations. For their...
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Social Text (1 June 2010) 28 (2 (103)): 85–112.
Published: 01 June 2010
... media forms (print, radio, sound recording, and so forth) and the structure of overhearing that they enable. Paying particular attention to the ways in which the jazz musical and cinema noir converged to produce a figure of masculine sovereignty defined by a refusal to not desire in a space of racially...
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Social Text (1 September 2010) 28 (3 (104)): 119–150.
Published: 01 September 2010
... romance in both Hollywood and Latin American films, we gain access to an archive that has recorded the symbolic struggle between the conflictive desires that lie at the roots of all forms of Latin Americanism. Commercial films produced both in Hollywood and in Latin America depend for their existence on a...
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Social Text (1 June 2012) 30 (2 (111)): 1–20.
Published: 01 June 2012
... record such images. It concludes that these images partly demonstrate the forms of power that are exercised in policing the border, but they also question some of the key assumptions that sit at the heart of neoliberal trading regimes. In particular, the essay indicates how the separation of labor and...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 105–113.
Published: 01 December 2014
... being-with him can take place only through his writing, I have structured this essay as a staging of a conversation between his previous recordings (aka writings) and Los Angeles–based writer/director/performer Luis Alfaro’s solo performance piece St. Jude . An acclaimed Chicano writer, performer...
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Social Text (1 March 2010) 28 (1 (102)): 13–34.
Published: 01 March 2010
...David Suisman This article reframes the history of recorded sound to take phonographs and player-pianos into account on more or less equal terms. It argues that the two technologies developed in complementary, dialectical relation to each other: one analog, storing and conveying an acoustic event...
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Social Text (1 September 2017) 35 (3 (132)): 1–16.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Elahi’s daily movements, which he began recording in an effort to subvert government surveillance. Taking seriously the idea that information should be treated as a commodity, this article uses Marxist theory to articulate how surveillance data fit within the broader information economy. Drawing from...
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Social Text (1 March 2008) 26 (1 (94)): 3–28.
Published: 01 March 2008
.... The song “Guantanamera” is a quasi-officially Cuban cultural and national artifact, though in fact its history of composition, performance, and recording reveals it to be a remarkably unstable and fluid text. The site, the U.S. naval base on Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, continues into 2007 to challenge...
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Social Text (1 December 2015) 33 (4 (125)): 68–76.
Published: 01 December 2015
...–Civil War nation, yet direct black voices remain submerged, available most often in public sources like newspapers and sermons or in scant and skeletal personal writings. The most vivid black voices are to be found in more troublesome sources: those mediated by sympathetic whites who recorded the words...
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Social Text (1 December 2015) 33 (4 (125)): 134–141.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Vincent Brown Creative historical scholarship demonstrates that archives are not just the records bequeathed by earlier times. Archives also consist of the tools we use to explore the past, the vision that allows us to read its signs, and the design decisions that communicate our sense of history's...
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Social Text (1 March 2019) 37 (1 (138)): 87–105.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Mary E. Smith . It focuses on the list of the ship’s Africans who were “liberated” from captivity, most of whom were already deceased. Simultaneously a memorial of liberation and a death record, the list invites readers to consider what Ann Laura Stoler has called the “archival grain” of illegal...
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Published: 01 March 2019
Figure 1 The first pages of the Mary E. Smith report (copy 2). On the right side, the lone column with annotations records “When they died.” The ship was captured on January 20, 1856; all of the Africans recorded here died in early February. Arquivo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, IJ6 472. Photograph More