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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 247–250.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Phillip Brian Harper Considering the intersections of theory, culture, and ideology in Social Text , this essay suggests that for all its interest in theory, the journal has never had a theory of theory, except for the proposition that insofar as theory explains practice it must derive from the...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 47–57.
Published: 01 December 2014
... (2009) and James Baldwin’s novel Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953). © 2014 Duke University Press 2014 Touching Ecstasy Muñozian Theory and the Extension of the Soul Shane Vogel In the final pages ofCruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futu- rity,1 José Esteban Muñoz closes his...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 167–177.
Published: 01 December 2014
... taken as itself a reflection on times and experiences characterized by a split temporality in which an insurrectionary queer theory was emergent. Retrospectively, in large part through the figure of Muñoz himself, one could feel “queerness’s pull” in Durham, North Carolina, in 1989–90, even though Muñoz...
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Social Text (1 March 2018) 36 (1 (134)): 5–10.
Published: 01 March 2018
... game theory. 4 This text, “ Here and Now ,” 5 collectively brainstormed and written by the After Globalism Writing Group over the course of six days, offers eclectic analyses and meditations on the various disasters and emergencies that have occurred in the wake of 1492. The evolving cultures and...
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Social Text (1 December 2005) 23 (3-4 (84-85)): 19–34.
Published: 01 December 2005
...Tavia Nyong'o Duke University Press 2005 Punk’d Theory I said I was a nerd, but I’m not a punk. Tavia Nyong’o —N.E.R.D., In Search Of . . . The political scientist Cathy Cohen has proposed that queer theory and...
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Social Text (1 December 2005) 23 (3-4 (84-85)): 69–84.
Published: 01 December 2005
...Amy Villarejo Duke University Press 2005 Tarrying with the Normative QUEER THEORY AND BL ACK HISTORY Der Alptraum: I am in a warmly lit room, spanned by banquet tables draped Amy Villarejo with white...
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Social Text (1 December 2005) 23 (3-4 (84-85)): 235–249.
Published: 01 December 2005
...Teemu Ruskola Duke University Press 2005 Gay Rights versus Queer Theory WH AT IS LEFT OF SODOMY AFTER L AWRENCE V. TE X A S? In effect, we live in a legal, social, and institutional world where the only Teemu Ruskola...
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Social Text (1 March 2012) 30 (1 (110)): 143–157.
Published: 01 March 2012
... transforming “the barbaric world dominated by civilized countries,” in the words of the late Qing Dynasty intellectual Yang Du. These theories of subjectivity deserve renewed attention, as they are valuable spiritual resources for contemporary left-wing intellectuals as they try to imagine the future for China...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 104–111.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Shireen R. K. Patell Social Text as both a collective and a publication has always troubled disciplinarity, with its commitment to various praxes and theories of the multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary. This essay looks at the complex, if not ambivalent, place of literature in the multi-, inter...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 67–70.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Nikhil Pal Singh This essay explores the imperial and colonial genealogies of the Nazi Holocaust as a form of industrialized killing. It argues that cold-war discourse, and particularly the theory of totalitarianism, enacts a displacement of these outside the ambit of Western history and theory...
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Social Text (1 March 2011) 29 (1 (106)): 127–149.
Published: 01 March 2011
... capital formations against racialized populations targeted for premature death, the article instead traces subsumed logics of embodiment within two sites of cultural production: detainee poetry and writings on animal embodiment. From these two very different domains, it argues for an alternative theory of...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 215–218.
Published: 01 September 2009
...José Esteban Muñoz This essay considers the history of “a queer text” in the journal Social Text . It posits that the journal, through individual essays and pivotal special issues, has made significant contributions to the development of a queer social theory. The essay suggests that queer theory...
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Social Text (1 September 2009) 27 (3 (100)): 223–229.
Published: 01 September 2009
...María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo; David Sartorius This essay reflects on the Social Text articles on revolution. Many first-world contributors to Social Text , on the one hand, reassessed Marxist theories of political consciousness and political economy in light of the praxis of third-world...
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Social Text (1 March 2014) 32 (1 (118)): 67–92.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Tania Aguila-Way This paper takes up the Zapatista “Mother Seeds in Resistance” seed-preservation project as a case study for exploring the interconnections between contemporary biotechnology, biocultural diversity, and cultural institutions such as the archive. Drawing on environmental theories...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 161–165.
Published: 01 December 2014
...David L. Eng This essay is a tribute to José Esteban Muñoz (1967–2013). It explores Muñoz’s engagement with psychoanalytic theory and affective difference as they play out in queer theory’s “antisocial thesis.” I suggest that Muñoz’s conception of racial identity as a performative cluster of common...
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Social Text (1 March 2009) 27 (1 (98)): 59–81.
Published: 01 March 2009
...Jemima Pierre This article engages the scholarly discussion of the booming heritage tourism industry in Ghana to explore the dynamics and politics of historical and contemporary African-diasporic interactions and provoke a critical revision of diaspora theory. I argue that Ghanaian-diaspora...
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Social Text (1 June 2016) 34 (2 (127)): 125–141.
Published: 01 June 2016
... the status of criticism and theory has changed subtly in recent years, particularly with the advent of new materialism and the larger ontological turn in contemporary theory. This article reassesses Jameson in the context of today’s new materialism, with an eye on the relationship between politics and...
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Social Text (1 June 2016) 34 (2 (127)): 143–160.
Published: 01 June 2016
... the New Left Review , Jameson looks back at the essay and considers the current state of capitalism, theory, art, and culture in relation to the concepts he adopted in 1984. Jameson is Knut Schmidt-Nielsen Professor of Comparative Literature, professor of romance studies (French), and director of the...
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Social Text (1 March 2016) 34 (1 (126)): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2016
...David L. Eng This article investigates how colonial modernity frames not only the material development but also the psychic emergence of liberal subjectivity by reexamining Melanie Klein's notions of reparation, a key concept in both psychoanalysis and political theory. The article reconsiders the...
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Social Text (1 June 2009) 27 (2 (99)): 167–173.
Published: 01 June 2009
...John Andrews Drawing on recent theories of affect and affectivity, this essay argues that depression is an “affect” that connects the individual and the social. In particular, depression serves as both a response to, and a cause of, economic fears and uncertainties—a “quasi-cause” that opens up...