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Social Text (2010) 28 (4 (105)): 91–111.
Published: 01 December 2010
... context. The comparison of the “postmodern savage” series entitled the Caliban Codex , part of an exhibition mounted at the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York City (1992), with more recent work exhibited at the Western Front Gallery in Vancouver (2006) reveals how Durham continues to vex the simple...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (4 (109)): 1–27.
Published: 01 December 2011
... and the human as a set of comparative and relational events in specific historical and geopolitical contexts by investigating Euro-American, Chinese, and transnational itineraries of the human. While it analyzes China's potential to undo the universalizing claims of Western idealized norms of the liberal human...
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Social Text (2011) 29 (4 (109)): 107–128.
Published: 01 December 2011
... between Martin Heidegger's and Daoist thinkings. In doing so, it dislodges Daoism from its usual place as an object of inquiry in Western humanistic and scientific studies, and repositions oneness as a mode of cultural analysis that moves from particular to particular in constantly and necessarily...
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Social Text (2012) 30 (1 (110)): 143–157.
Published: 01 March 2012
... an understanding of human beings as interrelated individual subjects but one differing from Western notions of individualism. The idea of Da Tong, for instance, carried an idealistic, utopian charge. It was foundational for Chinese visions of revolution that aimed to change China not by embracing modernity...
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Social Text (2015) 33 (3 (124)): 19–44.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., attempts a totalizing notion of an alleged extremity of modern power. I am concerned with how this Western humanist conception of massive fatality begins to induce, but cannot fully engage, a delineation of the violences, exterminations, and fatalities encompassed by the long preceding, long following...
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Social Text (2009) 27 (4 (101)): 25–44.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Eng-Beng Lim This essay considers the phenomenon of the global university, particularly the trend of setting up satellite campuses, or “outposts,” in Asia and the Middle East. It tracks the global university as part of the Western university's international knowledge system and its connection...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (4): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2017
... the Eurocentric, heteronormative, capitalist, rationalist clock-bound time that prevails in the modern West (what I call “Western Standard Time”). To bear out (and sound out) madtime, this essay reveals those radical temporalities in black expressive cultures, most especially black music. Sampling songs from...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (1 (134)): 65–71.
Published: 01 March 2018
... to reckon with these long arcs, traceable by the repercussions and afterlives of Western European and Anglo-US colonialism and slavery, known and felt in the spectacular and quotidian forms of violence that saturate life now as much as, if not more than, they did in the past? Copyright © 2018 Duke...
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Social Text (2019) 37 (1 (138)): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Kathryn Yusoff Geology is a praxis of materiality and thought in the genealogy of Western metaphysics and racial capitalism and a site of possession in the Anthropocene. In the context of renewed interest in the inhuman, this article uses the analytic of geologic realism to navigate between...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (1 (150)): 39–67.
Published: 01 March 2022
... contingencies. Despite its current imbrication with the colonial/modern infrastructures of petrol extraction, the energy state, it is argued here, has the capacity to be reimagined and remade. By focusing on popular movements within the western hemisphere, and by learning from the lessons of energy pasts...
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Social Text (2022) 40 (3 (152)): 17–35.
Published: 01 September 2022
... as the apex of humanity in the modern West. The essay explores the relation between security and safety through the rubric of diaspora in two senses—first as a phenomenon of Western modernity via plantation-based New World slavery, which catalyzed the development of enduring categories of (non)personhood...
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Social Text (2010) 28 (2 (103)): 57–83.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Friedrich Dürrenmatt's 1956 play Der Besuch der alten Dame (translated into English as The Visit ). The essay discusses how Mambéty's film is insistently heteroglossic, combining various lineages of thought, mythology, and aesthetics from African as well as Western sources. The film draws, for example...
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Social Text (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 (2001) 19 (3 (68)): 9–33.
Published: 01 September 2001
... were more often overshadowed by the relentless exchange of public narratives of dis- creditation (Borneman 1992; Boyer 2000a and 2000b). In the western variant of these narratives, the East was always depicted as the inheritor of the totalitarian...
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Social Text (2001) 19 (2 (67)): 75–101.
Published: 01 June 2001
... dialectically as the product of slavery, dispersion, and oppression, and simultaneously, as the necessary condition for black modernity and the forging of an anti- imperialist critique of Western culture.4 However unfashionably idiosyn- cratic Wright may appear...
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Social Text (2002) 20 (4 (73)): 65–89.
Published: 01 December 2002
... regulation and normalization. This essay interrogates the various transnational, diasporic, and national discourses surrounding Deepa Mehta’s Fire, with specific attention to how normativities and identities are mobilized with the circulation of the film. I begin with its Western reception and trace...
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Social Text (2000) 18 (3 (64)): 67–86.
Published: 01 September 2000
... culture against the decadence of the West. In addition, some postcolonial critics of science have equated science with the West and science as a confronted with hegemonic force that is inherently violent. In their eyes, Western science...
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Social Text (2007) 25 (4 (93)): 91–114.
Published: 01 December 2007
... experienced by many migrants to the city but also calls attention to the profound vagueness inherent to our understanding of what informality means. One senses that at this point informality is something of a tabula rasa for the Westerner...
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Social Text (2002) 20 (3 (72)): 79–99.
Published: 01 September 2002
... stance. banding together At present, economic flows of the global economy simply lessen the divide further. The bin Laden family itself represents this form of global- with military ism. The family’s money is tied to multiple Western investments...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (3 (128)): 51–74.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of copyright. More often than not, the public discourse about the appropriateness of non-Western cultural appropriation is framed and directed by white Western cultural authorities. We see this in news reports and op-ed essays about cultural appropriation. Consider, for example, that the previously...