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Social Text (2020) 38 (2 (143)): 49–71.
Published: 01 June 2020
... interrogating the affirmative and even utopian valance of such inquiry. Trans* plasticity describes the capacity of organic matter to transform itself in ways that transgress ontological divides among sex, race, and species. Building on Eva Hayward and Che Gossett’s claim that “the Human/Animal divide...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 71–101.
Published: 01 March 2011
...James Delbourgo This essay explores the interpenetration of the botanical and the human in Hans Sloane's engagement with cacao as a species and chocolate as a commodity, in relation to his late seventeenth-century voyage to Jamaica, and subsequent claims that he invented milk chocolate. How...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 177–195.
Published: 01 March 2011
... instance of transspecies becoming. Thus the virile figure, in this story, is a hybrid species, a cynanthrope. Haunted by a long genealogy of dog-human merger and by a history of colonial, racial, and species encounters, the humans and dogs in this story join forces in a becoming that current humanist...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 15–35.
Published: 01 March 2011
... reflect on how to “contain” them. Viral epidemics constitute not only vital events but also scalar narratives—they articulate transformations at the levels of molecules, cells, organisms, individuals, populations, species, ecosystems, technological infrastructures, political economies, and networks...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 37–42.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Alphonso Lingis When we love someone, we are attached to his or her surface colors, forms, warmth, movements. We avoid envisioning the inner organs and contents of his or her body. The external colors and patterns of other species are snares for our eyes. We can see nothing of what is behind our...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 43–69.
Published: 01 March 2011
... is driven by the moral imperative to alleviate human suffering by culling reusable parts from primate and, most recently, porcine species. Themes of longing and desire pervade this experimental domain, where the immunological complexities associated with interspecies grafts currently generate a cascade...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 103–125.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Suzanne Anker; Sarah Franklin Questions about the meaning of the human species have also raised the issue of its representation, and in this article the authors consider the role of bio-art in the production of the specimen as spectacle. Something we look both at and through, specimens have a long...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 127–149.
Published: 01 March 2011
..., which targeted the detainee's purported entomophobia, was never actually carried out; however the memo's rationale for the technique reveals the ways in which logics of species, race, sexuality, and disability co-produce technologies of biopower and economies of affect within contemporary US imperial...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (3 (100)): 231–241.
Published: 01 September 2009
..., technology also gives rise to a social brain, whose virtuosity both Marx and Paolo Virno see as crucial to the emancipation of species-being. © 2009 Duke University Press 2009 Racial Politics (in the United States) Roopali Mukherjee In the spring of 1995, Social Text published a symposium...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (3 (144)): 1–26.
Published: 01 September 2020
... across the Pacific. It focuses on a series of recent events mediated through textual and visual forms that unfold as a contemporary ethical drama between species—the human and the pig: the 2009 swine flu pandemic, a 2013 episode in which thousands of pig carcasses were found floating in Shanghai’s...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 3–14.
Published: 01 March 2011
... engage human attempts to use both the idea of species-­difference and the material characteristics of various forms of biological life to pursue economic, biopolitical, and intellectual aims. The analyses take the animal...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (3 (112)): 97–121.
Published: 01 September 2012
... so, this article uncovers lost histories of the “almost human,” the consequences of which matter far beyond conceptualizations of the primate itself. Most significantly, this reconceptualization takes to task the assumed but often uninter- rogated connection between the construction of species...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (1 (142)): 17–38.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., benevolence, and justice. Florence Thompson (phenotypically white despite her Cherokee lineage) and her children would be made to live through a range of interventions by the biopolitical state. The decade following Charles Darwin’s 1859 On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (2 (143)): 1–17.
Published: 01 June 2020
... of US torture techniques in global warfare, and cross-species organ transplantation. Each of these instances of the biopolitics of plasticity is also constitutive of the human, whether as exchangeable commodity, enemy combatant, eugenic stock, or the ostensibly progressive equation of humanity...
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Social Text (2006) 24 (1 (86)): 127–152.
Published: 01 March 2006
... of Sexuality Foucault argued that modern power’s engagement with life pacifies societies while exacerbat- ing the problem of war intersocially to the point where it is the life of the species itself that is at stake in practices of modern warfare...
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Social Text (2004) 22 (3 (80)): 25–49.
Published: 01 September 2004
..., genetic engineering, from transgenesis (the transfer of genetic material across species barriers; for example, the insertion of pig genes in human cells to improve cell transplants) to human cloning, challenges the Darwin- ian and neo...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (2 (143)): 73–96.
Published: 01 June 2020
... remarkable and undertheorized assertion that “the one trait which above all others has been at a premium in the evolution of men’s mental characters has been educability, plasticity. This is a trait which all human beings possess. It is indeed, a species character of Homo sapiens .” 4 Michelle...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (4 (137)): 21–55.
Published: 01 December 2018
... falls through a transdimensional rift in space, the nine team mates traverse an unwelcoming stretch of cosmos relentlessly pursued by a genocidal species known as the Progeny. Among our castaways are two of the Legion’s founding members, team leader Saturn Girl, a first-class telepath, and Live Wire...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (1 (106)): 151–176.
Published: 01 March 2011
... up,” “blackened,” and tied all sorts of negative connotations to “natives.” Something beyond just blackening the native and leaving him human was happening, namely the reduction of the native into a subhuman species...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (2 (143)): 97–119.
Published: 01 June 2020
... reanimated in the form of the neuroplastic species, the cerebral human qua human, the self as feedback loop. 7 The result, as I argue here, is a domesticated critique of the overrepresentation of Man that fails to challenge racial capitalism and recapitulates the now mainstream division between economics...