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Social Text (2019) 37 (3): 25–46.
Published: 01 September 2019
.... The article stages an encounter with the affective registers of refusal enacted in a genre of black visuality defined as still-moving-images. Still-moving-images hover between still and moving images and require the affective labor of feeling with or through them. The article concludes by expanding...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (2 (135)): 145–164.
Published: 01 June 2018
... that nourishes their souls. The first rehearsal was conceived as an experiment in refusal: to refuse the search for hope or potentiality in the violence of antiblackness, settler colonialism, and predatory capitalism. The next rehearsal sought an orientation within that refusal toward a nonoptimistic...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (1 (142)): 89–107.
Published: 01 March 2020
... and 2018, it embraces care’s historically antithetical meanings to examine the caring work of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and Afro-Barbadians’ hesitancy toward it. Looking closer at care, the impetus to care, and the consequences of refusing that care, it gestures toward the risks...
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Social Text (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 (2010) 28 (3 (104)): 1–10.
Published: 01 September 2010
..., transnational scholarship is responding to contemporary crises of place. Unable to look away from the violence of the border, and as neoliberalism has extended the reaches of misery, work that refuses traditional spatial distinctions is “centering” the fact of violence. The introduction calls this new spatial...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (4 (129)): 87–110.
Published: 01 December 2016
... of indistinction—engaged in a political practice of “habitational resistance,” refusing their conversion into homines sacri by performing instead a mode of life that rendered multiple lines of transterritorial affiliation, self-assertion, and continuity. The deportees’ published archive—poetry, photobooks...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (4 (105)): 91–111.
Published: 01 December 2010
... in the 1980s and 1990s. His more recent work continues this exploration of irony but refuses to provide the kind of knowable humanist subject that dominant art criticism both disavows and craves in indigenous art. This essay examines these ambivalences in light of Durham's own understanding of the function...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (4 (109)): 1–27.
Published: 01 December 2011
..., the essay also refuses to re-essentialize Chinese otherness as an alternative. At the same time, it traces alternative cosmologies and discourses of Chinese humanism and anti-humanism, informed by Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, as well as other religious and political traditions. In addition...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (4 (113)): 1–24.
Published: 01 December 2012
... sounded and staged a philosophy of the history of jazz predicated on the production of a people that emerge as a refusal of the biopolitical population addressed by US Steel. By focusing on the televised performance’s dance and dramaturgy, this analysis shows how A Drum Is a Woman imagined...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (1 (114)): 43–62.
Published: 01 March 2013
... positions refers to a valuation, named through the articulation of extreme moral signifiers, namely, good and evil. Following a staged conversation among three contemporary black intellectuals, I find a possible venue for a post-Fanonian radical black thought when they refuse to write violence — colonial...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (3 (116)): 111–122.
Published: 01 September 2013
... a key nexus for rock negotiations of authenticity, whether figured in terms of race or of roots. But the Clash refused to appeal to a nostalgic, imaginary purity—which makes the retrospective nostalgic mythos that has surrounded Joe Strummer since his early death just that much more disturbing. Rather...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (1 (142)): 109–130.
Published: 01 March 2020
.... Ultimately, embracing the concept of trans vitalities is not simply a refusal or disavowal of projects of normalization or the commodifiability of trans rights but, rather, a vigilance toward the violently homogenizing expectations of the heterogeneity of lived experience. In contrast, Joan, a trans woman...
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Social Text (2021) 39 (2 (147)): 1–23.
Published: 01 June 2021
... epistemologies. These users register a deep suspicion of the evidentiary and refuse the spectacular of racial violence's visual form, instead highlighting its ubiquitous and quotidian nature by asserting themselves into their own scenes of visual failure and becoming witnesses to their own imagined deaths...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (1 (138)): 27–50.
Published: 01 March 2019
... for and of sociality, as assimilated yet socially isolated, unrelatable subjects. Asian American asociality is not a refusal of the social, the relational, and the minoritarian world-making possibilities they hold. Instead, it is a means of inhabiting and navigating the social and relational differently to critique...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (4 (145)): 105–123.
Published: 01 December 2020
... as an additive to Indigenous feminisms. What if, this article asks, queer indigeneity were centered as an analytic method that refuses normativity even as it imagines, through relationality, a possibility for the materiality of decolonization? Copyright © 2020 Duke University Press 2020 All Indigenous...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 125–151.
Published: 01 December 2022
... to and impacts of electrification, while also (temporarily) creating alternative infrastructural relationships that refuse exclusion. Centered on Ellison's Invisible Man and its representation of electricity theft, this essay analyzes a constellation of US electrifictions focused on the relationship between...
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Social Text (2023) 41 (1 (154)): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2023
...) matter and (earthly) matters, the article argues for an attention to the erotic relations among Blackness, soil, and Dead (matter). These relations disrupt and refuse the circuits of racial capitalism that establish both Black bodies and soil as sites of resource depletion and commodification. Turning...
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Social Text (2002) 20 (3 (72)): 9–20.
Published: 01 September 2002
... universality—begins to spend itself. The always already present question of our day—is legitimacy legit- imate—swirls in the wind over every ground zero. But this time, the mass refusal of violence hints at an anarchy grown full. Social Text 72, Vol. 20, No. 3, Fall 2002. Copyright © 2002 by Duke...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (2 (111)): 75–98.
Published: 01 June 2012
... dramatically exemplifies this mode of community in his sketch of a group of sharecroppers who had been forced from their land. Refusing to work as wage laborers, a thousand people “found a piece of land, rocky and infertile, and at the top of a hill” in New Madrid, Missouri. They “made the trek...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (3 (104)): 39–65.
Published: 01 September 2010
... they passed the asylum requirements, thus preventing their return to their persecutors, the U.S. federal government refused them entry because of their HIV-­positive status. The United States ultimately detained these people indefinitely in a refugee...