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Social Text (2010) 28 (1 (102)): 107–124.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Alexandra T. Vazquez Freestyle is both a musical genre and, as a multitude of fanzines will tell you, a lifestyle. The playwright Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas evoked our teenage surround when he called it a “system of living.” Described as “android descarga” by music critic Peter Shapiro and “a soap...
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Social Text (2013) 31 (1 (114)): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of the Third World imagined a decolonizing world system, which allowed them to rethink culture and humanity as historical categories. To describe the nature of the world system of decolonization, I consider three foundational works that saw print following the historic Bandung Conference in 1955: Frantz...
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Social Text (2020) 38 (2 (143)): 1–17.
Published: 01 June 2020
...Kyla Schuller; Jules Gill-Peterson; Kyla Schuller; Jules Gill-Peterson In this special issue, the contributors argue that plasticity, the capacity of living systems to generate and take on new forms, is a central axis of biopolitical governance. While plasticity has a specific meaning in the life...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (4 (105)): 1–24.
Published: 01 December 2010
... broken immigration system installed a repressive form of governmentality based in failure. While deferring any legalization, federal and state authorities fostered a regime of exclusion and removal that constituted a class of minimal subjects , those of unauthorized migrants and their kin who would...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 17–41.
Published: 01 December 2022
.... If enslavement was defined by this spatial regime of suffocation, the early slave trade extended the grounds for racialization through extensive networks of credit and debt. This financial system established the parameters of enslavement and freedom, bridging shipboard and terrestrial social relations. Early...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (4 (153)): 125–151.
Published: 01 December 2022
... and time than Ellison's novel, both are focused on moments where racialized individuals come into contact with the large‐scale system of the electricity grid and the structures of power the grid both metaphorizes and materializes. Like in Invisible Man , the electricity thieves in the news segment do more...
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Social Text (2008) 26 (2 (95)): 83–103.
Published: 01 June 2008
... locked doors ends, giving way to the disciplining of movement and the realignment of forms of belonging. Ruins of the former regime are selectively being legitimized, rebuilt, and incorporated into the new centralized and bureaucratic state, while memories of the past system of rule and governance...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (3 (100)): 85–91.
Published: 01 September 2009
... from the nineteenth century was complicated and enriched by the emergence in the twentieth century of successive instantiations of culture within mass communications, signifying systems, and subaltern cultural productions generated out of decolonization and further class struggle. The picture...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (3): 47–71.
Published: 01 September 2019
... Committee and the Black Panthers in Algiers, this article traces a foundational period of Black radical coalition building with Palestine through Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam. In doing so, it privileges systems of intergenerational exchange and emphasizes the ways in which broader political...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (3 (108)): 51–72.
Published: 01 September 2011
... corresponding figure, homo sacer , or sacred man. It does so through a discussion of Alfonso Cuarón's 2006 film Children of Men , looking at how the film's story line—an infertile world in which one refugee, Kee, is found to be pregnant—links pregnancy to political systems that regulate who gets counted...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (4 (109)): 57–79.
Published: 01 December 2011
... orthographic building blocks for Chinese writing that have the form of bugs, beasts, or dogs, in combination with phonetic indicators. This article explains how, when, and why this Chinese ethnonymy (system of names of peoples) for China's barbarians was constructed and standardized as part of the formation...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (2 (111)): 1–20.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Liam Connell This essay examines a series of visual representations of illegalized migration in order to consider how they respond to the presence of labor within global systems of economic exchange. Through an examination of the aesthetic qualities of these images it suggests that the worker’s...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (2 (111)): 43–74.
Published: 01 June 2012
..., both at the global level of the expanding world-system’s borders and internally within the individual state. A supplement to racisms of the color line, dogma-line racism maps populations along the other side of Cartesian modernity’s mind/body split, in primary reference to mind rather than body...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (4 (113)): 55–80.
Published: 01 December 2012
... on the military’s attempt to convert language, both its own and those of others, into a weapon of counterinsurgency. It delves into such tactics as the training of soldiers in foreign languages, the attempts to develop automatic translation systems, and the protocols for the conduct of native translators. It also...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (1 (118)): 67–92.
Published: 01 March 2014
... of biotechnology on the production and circulation of knowledge means that contemporary decolonization movements must learn to speak about living systems, archival materials, and information control all in the same breath. This emergent biocultural paradigm has important consequences not only for archive theorists...
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Social Text (2014) 32 (3 (120)): 87–107.
Published: 01 September 2014
... of culture,” Tylor thought about the limits of his own will in such a way as to systematize those limits. Culture was, by definition, a self-organizing spirit, a system whose strength derived from bodies in space and whose materiality was severe in its organizational effect. Might this spirit remain quite...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (1 (122)): 71–92.
Published: 01 March 2015
... and consciousness and unforeseen effects that accompany a systemic but unsystematic shift in technological habits. © 2015 Duke University Press 2015 digital communication disaster earthquake infrastructure tsunami alert Infrastructural Drift in Seismic Cities Chile, Pacific Rim, 27 February 2010...
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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 (2015) 33 (4 (125)): 109–130.
Published: 01 December 2015
... underexamined global circuits of comparative knowledge production about race and racial formations in the Atlantic plantation system. Recovery is not the primary aim of the comparative archive encounter. Rather, the adaptive acts of comparison and translation yield critical insights into the multiform workings...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (2 (127)): 89–107.
Published: 01 June 2016
... politics,” an operation that presupposes, in much Marxist and post-Marxist analysis, an ability to represent one’s location within the system of contemporary capitalism? 20 Jameson, Postmodernism , x . 21 A constitutive element of the postmodern for Jameson is linguistic fragmentation...
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