Browse by Title : V

  • Vampire Nation
    Author(s): Longinovic, Tomislav Z.

    Vampire Nation is a nuanced analysis of the cultural and political rhetoric framing ‘the serbs’ as metaphorical vampires in the last decades of the twentieth century, as well as the cultural imaginaries and rhetorical mechanisms that inform nationalist discourses more broadly. Tomislav Z. Longinović points to the Gothic associations of violence, blood, and soil in the writings of many intellectuals and politicians during the 1990s, especially in portrayals by the U.S.-led Western media of ‘the serbs’ as a vampire nation, a bloodsucking parasite on the edge of European civilization.

    Interpreting oral and written narratives and visual culture, Longinović traces the early modern invention of ‘the serbs’ and the category’s twentieth-century transformations. He describes the influence of Bram Stoker’s nineteenth-century novel Dracula on perceptions of the Balkan region and reflects on representations of hybrid identities and their violent destruction in the works of the region’s most prominent twentieth-century writers. Concluding on a hopeful note, Longinović considers efforts to imagine a new collective identity in non-nationalist terms. These endeavors include the emigrant Yugoslav writer David Albahari’s Canadian Trilogy and Cyber-Yugoslavia, a mock nation-state with “citizens” in more than thirty countries.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822394297
    Publication Date: 2011-07-22
    author-list-text: Tomislav Z. Longinovic
    1. Tomislav Z. Longinovic
    contrib-author: Tomislav Z. Longinovic
    copyright-year: 2011
    eisbn: 9780822394297
    illustrations-note: 9 illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822350224
    isbn-paper: 9780822350392
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: The Cultures and Practice of Violence

    Analyzes how the rhetoric of Yugoslav intellectuals and politicians and the U.S.-led Western media and political leadership framed the serbs as metaphorical vampires in the last decades of the twentieth century.

    subtitle: Violence as Cultural Imaginary
  • Vampires, Mummies and Liberals
    Author(s): Glover, David

    Nearly a hundred years after its debut in 1897, Dracula is still one of the most popular of all Gothic narratives, always in print and continually adapted for stage and screen. Paradoxically, David Glover suggests, this very success has obscured the historical conditions and authorial circumstances of the novel’s production. By way of a long overdue return to the novels, short stories, essays, journalism, and correspondence of Bram Stoker, Vampires, Mummies, and Liberals reconstructs the cultural and political world that gave birth to Dracula. To bring Stoker’s life into productive relationship with his writing, Glover offers a reading that locates the author within the changing commercial contours of the late-Victorian public sphere and in which the methods of critical biography are displaced by those of cultural studies.

    Glover’s efforts reveal a writer who was more wide-ranging and politically engaged than his current reputation suggests. An Irish Protestant and nationalist, Stoker nonetheless drew his political inspiration from English liberalism at a time of impending crisis, and the tradition’s contradictions and uncertainties haunt his work. At the heart of Stoker’s writing Glover exposes a preoccupation with those sciences and pseudo-sciences—from physiognomy and phrenology to eugenics and sexology—that seemed to cast doubt on the liberal faith in progress. He argues that Dracula should be read as a text torn between the stances of the colonizer and the colonized, unable to accept or reject the racialized images of backwardness that dogged debates about Irish nationhood. As it tracks the phantasmatic form given to questions of character and individuality, race and production, sexuality and gender, across the body of Stoker’s writing, Vampires, Mummies, and Liberals draws a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary transitional figure.

    Combining psychoanalysis and cultural theory with detailed historical research, this book will be of interest to scholars of Victorian and Irish fiction and to those concerned with cultural studies and popular culture.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822398912
    Publication Date: 2012-06-01
    author-list-text: David Glover
    1. David Glover
    contrib-author: David Glover
    copyright-year: 1996
    eisbn: 9780822398912
    isbn-cloth: 9780822318033
    isbn-paper: 9780822317982
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    subtitle: Bram Stoker and the Politics of Popular Fiction
  • Vanishing Women
    Author(s): Beckman, Karen

    With the help of mirrors, trap doors, elevators, photographs, and film, women vanish and return in increasingly spectacular ways throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Karen Beckman tracks the proliferation of this elusive figure, the vanishing woman, from her genesis in Victorian stage magic through her development in conjunction with photography and film. Beckman reveals how these new visual technologies projected their anxieties about insubstantiality and reproducibility onto the female body, producing an image of "woman" as utterly unstable and constantly prone to disappearance.

    Drawing on cinema studies and psychoanalysis as well as the histories of magic, spiritualism, and photography, Beckman looks at particular instances of female vanishing at specific historical moments—in Victorian magic’s obsessive manipulation of female and colonized bodies, spiritualist photography’s search to capture traces of ghosts, the comings and goings of bodies in early cinema, and Bette Davis’s multiple roles as a fading female star. As Beckman places the vanishing woman in the context of feminism’s discussion of spectacle and subjectivity, she explores not only the problems, but also the political utility of this obstinate figure who hovers endlessly between visible and invisible worlds. Through her readings, Beckman argues that the visibly vanishing woman repeatedly signals the lurking presence of less immediately perceptible psychic and physical erasures, and she contends that this enigmatic figure, so ubiquitous in late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century culture, provides a new space through which to consider the relationships between visibility, gender, and agency.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822384373
    Publication Date: 2003-03-11
    author-list-text: Karen Beckman
    1. Karen Beckman
    contrib-author: Karen Beckman
    copyright-year: 2003
    eisbn: 9780822384373
    isbn-cloth: 9780822331254
    isbn-paper: 9780822330745
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Disappearing women as a persistent trope from nineteenth-century magic through contemporary theory, film, and psychoanalysis.

    subtitle: Magic, Film, and Feminism
  • Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy
    Author(s): Smilde, David; Hellinger, Daniel

    Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy brings together a variety of perspectives on participation and democracy in Venezuela. An interdisciplinary group of contributors focuses on the everyday lives of Venezuelans, examining the forms of participation that have emerged in communal councils, cultural activities, blogs, community media, and several other forums. The essays validate many of the critiques of democracy under Chávez, as well as much of the praise. They show that while government corporatism and clientelism are constant threats, the forms of political and cultural participation discussed are creating new discourses, networks, and organizational spaces—for better and for worse. With open yet critical minds, the contributors seek to analyze Venezuela’s Bolivarian democratic experience through empirical research. In doing so, they reveal a nuanced process, a richer and more complex one than is conveyed in international journalism and scholarship exclusively focused on the words and actions of Hugo Chávez.


    Carolina Acosta-Alzuru

    Julia Buxton

    Luis Duno Gottberg

    Sujatha Fernandes

    María Pilar García-Guadilla

    Kirk A. Hawkins

    Daniel Hellinger

    Michael E. Johnson

    Luis E. Lander

    Margarita López-Maya

    Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols

    Coraly Pagan

    Guillermo Rosas

    Naomi Schiller

    David Smilde

    Alejandro Velasco

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822394310
    Publication Date: 2011-07-15
    contrib-editor: David Smilde; Daniel Hellinger
    copyright-year: 2011
    eisbn: 9780822394310
    illustrations-note: 12 photos, 1 map, 13 tables, 8 figures
    isbn-cloth: 9780822350248
    isbn-paper: 9780822350415
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Looking beyond Hugo Chávez and the national government, contributors examine forms of democracy involving ordinary Venezuelans: in communal councils, cultural activities, blogs, community media, and other forums.

    subtitle: Participation, Politics, and Culture under Chávez
  • Vertical Empire
    Author(s): Mumford, Jeremy Ravi

    In 1569 the Spanish viceroy Francisco de Toledo ordered more than one million native people of the central Andes to move to newly founded Spanish-style towns called reducciones. This campaign, known as the General Resettlement of Indians, represented a turning point in the history of European colonialism: a state forcing an entire conquered society to change its way of life overnight. But while this radical restructuring destroyed certain aspects of indigenous society, Jeremy Ravi Mumford's Vertical Empire reveals the ways that it preserved others. The campaign drew on colonial ethnographic inquiries into indigenous culture and strengthened the place of native lords in colonial society. In the end, rather than destroying the web of Andean communities, the General Resettlement added another layer to indigenous culture, a culture that the Spaniards glimpsed and that Andeans defended fiercely.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822395591
    Publication Date: 2012-11-01
    author-list-text: Jeremy Ravi Mumford
    1. Jeremy Ravi Mumford
    contrib-author: Jeremy Ravi Mumford
    copyright-year: 2012
    eisbn: 9780822395591
    illustrations-note: 8 photographs, 3 maps, 3 figures
    isbn-cloth: 9780822352969
    isbn-paper: 9780822353102
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    subtitle: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes
  • Vibrant Matter
    Author(s): Bennett, Jane

    In Vibrant Matter the political theorist Jane Bennett, renowned for her work on nature, ethics, and affect, shifts her focus from the human experience of things to things themselves. Bennett argues that political theory needs to do a better job of recognizing the active participation of nonhuman forces in events. Toward that end, she theorizes a “vital materiality” that runs through and across bodies, both human and nonhuman. Bennett explores how political analyses of public events might change were we to acknowledge that agency always emerges as theeffect of ad hoc configurations of human and nonhuman forces. She suggests that recognizing that agency is distributed this way, and is not solely the province of humans, might spur the cultivation of a more responsible, ecologically sound politics: a politics less devoted to blaming and condemning individuals than to discerning the web of forces affecting situations and events.

    Bennett examines the political and theoretical implications of vital materialism through extended discussions of commonplace things and physical phenomena including stem cells, fish oils, electricity, metal, and trash. She reflects on the vital power of material formations such as landfills, which generate lively streams of chemicals, and omega-3 fatty acids, which can transform brain chemistry and mood. Along the way, she engages with the concepts and claims of Spinoza, Nietzsche, Thoreau, Darwin, Adorno, and Deleuze, disclosing a long history of thinking about vibrant matter in Western philosophy, including attempts by Kant, Bergson, and the embryologist Hans Driesch to name the “vital force” inherent in material forms. Bennett concludes by sketching the contours of a “green materialist” ecophilosophy.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822391623
    Publication Date: 2009-12-14
    author-list-text: Jane Bennett
    1. Jane Bennett
    contrib-author: Jane Bennett
    copyright-year: 2010
    eisbn: 9780822391623
    isbn-cloth: 9780822346197
    isbn-paper: 9780822346333
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: a John Hope Franklin Center Book

    Theorizes the political agency of things and natural phenomena—such as trash, food, weather, and electricity—to examine how non-human elements exert force on human politics and social relations.

    subtitle: A Political Ecology of Things
  • Vibrator Nation
    Author(s): Comella, Lynn

    In the 1970s a group of pioneering feminist entrepreneurs launched a movement that ultimately changed the way sex was talked about, had, and enjoyed. Boldly reimagining who sex shops were for and the kinds of spaces they could be, these entrepreneurs opened sex-toy stores like Eve’s Garden, Good Vibrations, and Babeland not just as commercial enterprises, but to provide educational and community resources as well. In Vibrator Nation Lynn Comella tells the fascinating history of how these stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, and changed women's lives. Comella describes a world where sex-positive retailers double as social activists, where products are framed as tools of liberation, and where consumers are willing to pay for the promise of better living—one conversation, vibrator, and orgasm at a time.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822372677
    Publication Date: 2017-08-18
    author-list-text: Lynn Comella
    1. Lynn Comella
    contrib-author: Lynn Comella
    copyright-year: 2017
    eisbn: 9780822372677
    illustrations-note: 41 illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822368540
    isbn-paper: 9780822368663
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Lynn Comella tells the fascinating history of how feminist sex-toy stores such as Eve's Garden, Good Vibrations and Babeland raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, provided educational and community resources, and changed the way sex was talked about, had, and enjoyed.

    subtitle: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure
  • Victims of the Chilean Miracle
    Author(s): Winn, Peter; Drake, Paul W.; Frank, Volker K.

    Chile was the first major Latin American nation to carry out a complete neoliberal transformation. Its policies—encouraging foreign investment, privatizing public sector companies and services, lowering trade barriers, reducing the size of the state, and embracing the market as a regulator of both the economy and society—produced an economic boom that some have hailed as a “miracle” to be emulated by other Latin American countries. But how have Chile’s millions of workers, whose hard labor and long hours have made the miracle possible, fared under this program? Through empirically grounded historical case studies, this volume examines the human underside of the Chilean economy over the past three decades, delineating the harsh inequities that persist in spite of growth, low inflation, and some decrease in poverty and unemployment.

    Implemented in the 1970s at the point of the bayonet and in the shadow of the torture chamber, the neoliberal policies of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship reversed many of the gains in wages, benefits, and working conditions that Chile’s workers had won during decades of struggle and triggered a severe economic crisis. Later refined and softened, Pinochet’s neoliberal model began, finally, to promote economic growth in the mid-1980s, and it was maintained by the center-left governments that followed the restoration of democracy in 1990. Yet, despite significant increases in worker productivity, real wages stagnated, the expected restoration of labor rights faltered, and gaps in income distribution continued to widen. To shed light on this history and these ongoing problems, the contributors look at industries long part of the Chilean economy—including textiles and copper—and industries that have expanded more recently—including fishing, forestry, and agriculture. They not only show how neoliberalism has affected Chile’s labor force in general but also how it has damaged the environment and imposed special burdens on women. Painting a sobering picture of the two Chiles—one increasingly rich, the other still mired in poverty—these essays suggest that the Chilean miracle may not be as miraculous as it seems.


    Paul Drake

    Volker Frank

    Thomas Klubock

    Rachel Schurman

    Joel Stillerman

    Heidi Tinsman

    Peter Winn

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822385851
    Publication Date: 2004-06-29
    author-list-text: Paul W. Drake and Volker K. Frank
    1. Paul W. Drake and
    2. Volker K. Frank
    contrib-editor: Peter Winn
    contrib-other: Paul W. Drake; Volker K. Frank
    copyright-year: 2004
    eisbn: 9780822385851
    illustrations-note: 7 tables
    isbn-cloth: 9780822333098
    isbn-paper: 9780822333210
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    An attempt to gauge the impact of Chile's neoliberal reform policies and of the Chilean "economic miracle" on various groups of workers.

    subtitle: Workers and Neoliberalism in the Pinochet Era, 1973–2002
  • Vinyl Freak
    Author(s): Corbett, John

    From scouring flea markets and eBay to maxing out their credit cards, record collectors will do just about anything to score a long-sought-after album. In Vinyl Freak, music writer, curator, and collector John Corbett burrows deep inside the record fiend’s mind, documenting and reflecting on his decades-long love affair with vinyl. Discussing more than 200 rare and out-of-print LPs, Vinyl Freak is composed in part of Corbett's long-running DownBeat magazine column of the same name, which was devoted to records that had not appeared on CD. In other essays where he combines memoir and criticism, Corbett considers the current vinyl boom, explains why vinyl is his preferred medium, profiles collector subcultures, and recounts his adventures assembling the Alton Abraham Sun Ra Archive, an event so all-consuming that he claims it cured his record-collecting addiction. Perfect for vinyl newbies and veteran crate diggers alike, Vinyl Freak plumbs the motivations that drive Corbett and collectors everywhere.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822373155
    Publication Date: 2017-05-12
    author-list-text: John Corbett
    1. John Corbett
    contrib-author: John Corbett
    copyright-year: 2017
    eisbn: 9780822373155
    illustrations-note: 208 color photographs
    isbn-cloth: 9780822363507
    isbn-paper: 9780822363668
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Music writer, curator, and collector John Corbett burrows deep inside the record collector's mind, documenting and reflecting on his decades-long love affair with vinyl. Discussing more than 200 rare and out-of-print LPs, Corbett combines memoir and criticism to explain what makes vinyl special and what drives collectors everywhere.

    subtitle: Love Letters to a Dying Medium
  • Violence As Obscenity
    Author(s): Saunders, Kevin W.

    This timely and accessible volume takes a fresh approach to a question of increasing public concern: whether or not the federal government should regulate media violence. In Violence as Obscenity, Kevin W. Saunders boldly calls into question the assumption that violent material is protected by the First Amendment. Citing a recognized exception to the First Amendment that allows for the regulation of obscene material, he seeks to expand the definition of obscenity to include explicit and offensive depictions of violence.

    Saunders examines the public debate on media violence, the arguments of professional and public interest groups urging governmental action, and the media and the ACLU’s desire for self-regulation. Citing research that links violence in the media to actual violence, Saunders argues that a present danger to public safety may be reduced by invoking the existing law on obscenity. Reviewing the justifications of that law, he finds that not only is the legal history relied on by the Supreme Court inadequate to distinguish violence from sex, but also many of the justifications apply more forcefully to instances of violence than to sexually explicit material that has been ruled obscene. Saunders also examines the actions that Congress, states, and municipalities have taken to regulate media violence as well as the legal limitations imposed on such regulations by the First Amendment protections given to speech and the press. In discussing the current operation of the obscenity exception and confronting the issue of censorship, he advocates adapting to the regulation of violent material the doctrine of variable obscenity, which applies a different standard for material aimed at youth, and the doctrine of indecency, which allows for federal regulation of broadcast material.

    Cogently and passionately argued, Violence as Obscenity will attract scholars of American constitutional law and mass communication, and general readers moved by current debates about media violence, regulation, and censorship.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822398929
    Publication Date: 2012-06-01
    author-list-text: Kevin W. Saunders
    1. Kevin W. Saunders
    contrib-author: Kevin W. Saunders
    copyright-year: 1996
    eisbn: 9780822398929
    isbn-cloth: 9780822317586
    isbn-paper: 9780822317678
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: Constitutional conflicts
    subtitle: Limiting the Media’s First Amendment Protection
  • Violence in a Time of Liberation
    Author(s): Donham, Donald L.; Mofokeng, Santu

    How can we account for the apparent increase in ethnic violence across the globe? Donald L. Donham develops a methodology for understanding violence that shows why this question needs to be recast. He examines an incident that occurred at a South African gold mine at the moment of the 1994 elections that brought apartheid to a close. Black workers ganged up on the Zulus among them, killing two and injuring many more. While nearly everyone came to characterize the conflict as “ethnic,” Donham argues that heightened ethnic identity was more an outcome of the violence than its cause. Based on his careful reconstruction of events, he contends that the violence was not motivated by hatred of an ethnic other. It emerged, rather, in ironic ways, as capitalist managers gave up apartheid tactics and as black union activists took up strategies that departed from their stated values. National liberation, as it actually occurred, was gritty, contradictory, and incomplete. Given unusual access to the mine, Donham comes to this conclusion based on participant observation, review of extensive records, and interviews conducted over the course of a decade. Violence in a Time of Liberation is a kind of murder mystery that reveals not only who did it but also the ways that narratives of violence, taken up by various media, create ethnic violence after the fact.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822393412
    Publication Date: 2011-06-30
    contrib-author: Donald L. Donham
    contrib-other: Santu Mofokeng
    copyright-year: 2011
    eisbn: 9780822393412
    illustrations-note: 50 b&w photos, 2 tables, 1 figure
    isbn-cloth: 9780822348412
    isbn-paper: 9780822348535
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    This ethnographic analysis of violence that broke out in a South African gold mine soon after apartheid ended in 1994 shows how violence comes to be blamed on ethnic differences retrospectively—and often wrongly.

    subtitle: Murder and Ethnicity at a South African Gold Mine, 1994
  • Violent Democracies in Latin America
    Author(s): Goldstein, Daniel M.; Arias, Enrique Desmond; Whitehead, Neil L.; Fair, Jo Ellen; Payne, Leigh A.

    Despite recent political movements to establish democratic rule in Latin American countries, much of the region still suffers from pervasive violence. From vigilantism, to human rights violations, to police corruption, violence persists. It is perpetrated by state-sanctioned armies, guerillas, gangs, drug traffickers, and local community groups seeking self-protection. The everyday presence of violence contrasts starkly with governmental efforts to extend civil, political, and legal rights to all citizens, and it is invoked as evidence of the failure of Latin American countries to achieve true democracy. The contributors to this collection take the more nuanced view that violence is not a social aberration or the result of institutional failure; instead, it is intimately linked to the institutions and policies of economic liberalization and democratization.

    The contributors—anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, and historians—explore how individuals and institutions in Latin American democracies, from the rural regions of Colombia and the Dominican Republic to the urban centers of Brazil and Mexico, use violence to impose and contest notions of order, rights, citizenship, and justice. They describe the lived realities of citizens and reveal the historical foundations of the violence that Latin America suffers today. One contributor examines the tightly woven relationship between violent individuals and state officials in Colombia, while another contextualizes violence in Rio de Janeiro within the transnational political economy of drug trafficking. By advancing the discussion of democratic Latin American regimes beyond the usual binary of success and failure, this collection suggests more sophisticated ways of understanding the challenges posed by violence, and of developing new frameworks for guaranteeing human rights in Latin America.

    Contributors: Enrique Desmond Arias, Javier Auyero, Lilian Bobea, Diane E. Davis, Robert Gay, Daniel M. Goldstein, Mary Roldán, Todd Landman, Ruth Stanley, María Clemencia Ramírez

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822392033
    Publication Date: 2010-02-26
    author-list-text: Neil L. Whitehead, Jo Ellen Fair and Leigh A. Payne
    1. Neil L. Whitehead,
    2. Jo Ellen Fair and
    3. Leigh A. Payne
    contrib-editor: Daniel M. Goldstein; Enrique Desmond Arias
    contrib-series-editor: Neil L. Whitehead; Jo Ellen Fair; Leigh A. Payne
    copyright-year: 2010
    eisbn: 9780822392033
    illustrations-note: 2 tables, 5 figures
    isbn-cloth: 9780822346241
    isbn-paper: 9780822346388
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: The Cultures and Practice of Violence

    A collection exploring how individuals and institutions in contemporary Latin American democracies use violence to impose and contest notions of order, rights, citizenship, and justice.

  • Virtual Americas
    Author(s): Giles, Paul; Pease, Donald E.

    Arguing that limited nationalist perspectives have circumscribed the critical scope of American Studies scholarship, Virtual Americas advocates a comparative criticism that illuminates the work of well-known literary figures by defamiliarizing it—placing it in unfamiliar contexts. Paul Giles looks at a number of canonical nineteenth- and twentieth-century American writers by focusing on their interactions with British culture. He demonstrates how American authors from Herman Melville to Thomas Pynchon have been compulsively drawn to negotiate with British culture so that their nationalist agendas have emerged, paradoxically, through transatlantic dialogues. Virtual Americas ultimately suggests that conceptions of national identity in both the United States and Britain have emerged through engagement with—and, often, deliberate exclusion of—ideas and imagery emanating from across the Atlantic.

    Throughout Virtual Americas Giles focuses on specific examples of transatlantic cultural interactions such as Frederick Douglass’s experiences and reputation in England; Herman Melville’s satirizing fictions of U.S. and British nationalism; and Vladimir Nabokov’s critique of European high culture and American popular culture in Lolita. He also reverses his perspective, looking at the representation of San Francisco in the work of British-born poet Thom Gunn and Sylvia Plath’s poetic responses to England. Giles develops his theory about the need to defamiliarize the study of American literature by considering the cultural legacy of Surrealism as an alternative genealogy for American Studies and by examining the transatlantic dimensions of writers such as Henry James and Robert Frost in the context of Surrealism.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822384045
    Publication Date: 2002-07-25
    author-list-text: Paul Giles and Donald E. Pease
    1. Paul Giles and
    2. Donald E. Pease
    contrib-author: Paul Giles
    contrib-series-editor: Donald E. Pease
    copyright-year: 2002
    eisbn: 9780822384045
    isbn-cloth: 9780822329541
    isbn-paper: 9780822329671
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: New Americanists

    A discussion on the ways in which representations in the U.S. have been deflected from mythic to "virtual" phenomena in literary and cultural works of the modern era.

    subtitle: Transnational Fictions and the Transatlantic Imaginary
  • Virtual Hallyu
    Author(s): Kim, Kyung Hyun

    “[T]his fine book . . . . enlarges our vision of one of the great national cinematic flowerings of the last decade.”—Martin Scorsese, from the foreword

    In the late 1990s, South Korean film and other cultural products, broadly known as hallyu (Korean wave), gained unprecedented international popularity. Korean films earned an all-time high of $60.3 million in Japan in 2005, and they outperformed their Hollywood competitors at Korean box offices. In Virtual Hallyu, Kyung Hyun Kim reflects on the precariousness of Korean cinema’s success over the past decade. Arguing that state film policies and socioeconomic factors cannot fully explain cinema’s true potentiality, Kim draws on Deleuze’s concept of the virtual—according to which past and present and truth and falsehood coexist—to analyze the temporal anxieties and cinematic ironies embedded in screen figures such as a made-in-the-USA aquatic monster (The Host), a postmodern Chosun-era wizard (Jeon Woo-chi), a schizo man-child (Oasis), a weepy North Korean terrorist (Typhoon), a salary man turned vengeful fighting machine (Oldboy), and a sick nationalist (the repatriated colonial-era film Spring of Korean Peninsula). Kim maintains that the full significance of hallyu can only be understood by exposing the implicit and explicit ideologies of protonationalism and capitalism that, along with Korea’s ambiguous post-democratization and neoliberalism, are etched against the celluloid surfaces.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822394600
    Publication Date: 2011-09-01
    author-list-text: Kyung Hyun Kim
    1. Kyung Hyun Kim
    contrib-author: Kyung Hyun Kim
    copyright-year: 2011
    eisbn: 9780822394600
    illustrations-note: 57 photographs, 3 tables, 6 figures
    isbn-cloth: 9780822350880
    isbn-paper: 9780822351016
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    A textual account of the hallyu (Korean wave) films popular internationally, especially in Asia, from the late 1990s until 2007 08.

    subtitle: Korean Cinema of the Global Era
  • Virtual Memory
    Author(s): King, Homay

    In Virtual Memory, Homay King traces the concept of the virtual through the philosophical works of Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, and Giorgio Agamben to offer a new framework for thinking about film, video, and time-based contemporary art. Detaching the virtual from its contemporary associations with digitality, technology, simulation, and speed, King shows that using its original meaning—which denotes a potential on the cusp of becoming—provides the means to reveal the "analog" elements in contemporary digital art. Through a queer reading of the life and work of mathematician Alan Turing, and analyses of artists who use digital technologies such as Christian Marclay, Agnès Varda, and Victor Burgin, King destabilizes the analog/digital binary. By treating the virtual as the expression of powers of potential and change and of historical contingency, King explains how these artists transcend distinctions between disembodiment and materiality, abstraction and tangibility, and the unworldly and the earth-bound. In so doing, she shows how their art speaks to durational and limit-bound experience more than contemporary understandings of the virtual and digital would suggest.


    DOI: 10.1215/9780822375159
    Publication Date: 2015-10-02
    author-list-text: Homay King
    1. Homay King
    contrib-author: Homay King
    copyright-year: 2015
    eisbn: 9780822375159
    illustrations-note: 59 illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822359593
    isbn-paper: 9780822360025
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Using continental philosophy and critical theory, Homay King returns to the original meaning of the virtual—which denotes a potential on the cusp of becoming—to offer a new way to understand how contemporary digital art transcends distinctions between digital and analog, abstract and tangible, disembodiment and lived experience.

    subtitle: Time-Based Art and the Dream of Digitality
  • Virtual Migration
    Author(s): Aneesh, A.

    Workers in India program software applications, transcribe medical dictation online, chase credit card debtors, and sell mobile phones, diet pills, and mortgages for companies based in other countries around the world. While their skills and labor migrate abroad, these workers remain Indian citizens, living and working in India. A. Aneesh calls this phenomenon “virtual migration,” and in this groundbreaking study he examines the emerging “transnational virtual space” where labor and vast quantities of code and data cross national boundaries, but the workers themselves do not. Through an analysis of the work of computer programmers in India working for the American software industry, Aneesh argues that the programming code connecting globally dispersed workers through data servers and computer screens is the key organizing structure behind the growing phenomenon of virtual migration. This “rule of code,” he contends, is a crucial and underexplored aspect of globalization.

    Aneesh draws on the sociology of science, social theory, and research on migration to illuminate the practical and theoretical ramifications of virtual migration. He combines these insights with his extensive ethnographic research in offices in three locations in India—in Delhi, Gurgaon, and Noida—and one in New Jersey. Aneesh contrasts virtual migration with “body shopping,” the more familiar practice of physically bringing programmers from other countries to work on site, in this case, bringing them from India to New Jersey. A significant contribution to the social theory of globalization, Virtual Migration maps the expanding transnational space where globalization is enacted via computer programming code.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822387534
    Publication Date: 2006-04-03
    author-list-text: A. Aneesh
    1. A. Aneesh
    contrib-author: A. Aneesh
    copyright-year: 2006
    eisbn: 9780822387534
    illustrations-note: 2 b&w photos, 4 tables, 4 figures
    isbn-cloth: 9780822336815
    isbn-paper: 9780822336693
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    A very creative study of the different kinds of task-integration, and management, found in virtual migration and body-shopping throughout the global software industry in general and between India and the US in particular.

    subtitle: The Programming of Globalization
  • Virtual Voyages
    Author(s): Ruoff, Jeffrey; Gunning, Tom; Rabinovitz, Lauren; Altman, Rick; Peterson, Jennifer Lynn

    Virtual Voyages illuminates the pivotal role of travelogues within the history of cinema. The travelogue dominated the early cinema period from 1895 to 1905, was central to the consolidation of documentary in the 1910s and 1920s, proliferated in the postwar era of 16mm distribution, and today continues to flourish in IMAX theaters and a host of non-theatrical venues. It is not only the first chapter in the history of documentary but also a key element of ethnographic film, home movies, and fiction films. In this collection, leading film scholars trace the intersection of technology and ideology in representations of travel across a wide variety of cinematic forms. In so doing, they demonstrate how attention to the role of travel imagery in film blurs distinctions between genres and heightens awareness of cinema as a technology for moving through space and time, of cinema itself as a mode of travel.

    Some contributors take a broad view of travelogues by examining the colonial and imperial perspectives embodied in early travel films, the sensation of movement that those films evoked, and the role of live presentations such as lectures in our understanding of travelogues. Other essays are focused on specific films, figures, and technologies, including early travelogues encouraging Americans to move to the West; the making and reception of the documentary Grass (1925), shot on location in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran; the role of travel imagery in 1930s Hollywood cinema; the late-twentieth-century 16mm illustrated-lecture industry; and the panoramic possibilities presented by IMAX technologies. Together the essays provide a nuanced appreciation of how, through their representations of travel, filmmakers actively produce the worlds they depict.

    Contributors. Rick Altman, Paula Amad, Dana Benelli, Peter J. Bloom, Alison Griffiths, Tom Gunning, Hamid Naficy, Jennifer Lynn Peterson, Lauren Rabinovitz, Jeffrey Ruoff, Alexandra Schneider, Amy J. Staples

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822387947
    Publication Date: 2006-01-03
    author-list-text: Tom Gunning, Lauren Rabinovitz, Rick Altman and Jennifer Lynn Peterson
    1. Tom Gunning,
    2. Lauren Rabinovitz,
    3. Rick Altman and
    4. Jennifer Lynn Peterson
    contrib-editor: Jeffrey Ruoff
    contrib-other: Tom Gunning; Lauren Rabinovitz; Rick Altman; Jennifer Lynn Peterson
    copyright-year: 2006
    eisbn: 9780822387947
    illustrations-note: 41 b&w photographs
    isbn-cloth: 9780822337010
    isbn-paper: 9780822337133
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    The different forms that travelogues have taken (documentaries, IMAX, home movies, ethnographic films) from the 1800s to the present.

    subtitle: Cinema and Travel
  • Virtual War and Magical Death
    Author(s): Whitehead, Neil L.; Finnström, Sverker

    Virtual War and Magical Death is a provocative examination of the relations between anthropology and contemporary global war. Several arguments unite the collected essays, which are based on ethnographic research in varied locations, including Guatemala, Uganda, and Tanzania, as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and the United States. Foremost is the contention that modern high-tech warfare—as it is practiced and represented by the military, the media, and civilians—is analogous to rituals of magic and sorcery. Technologies of "virtual warfare," such as high-altitude bombing, remote drone attacks, night-vision goggles, and even music videoes and computer games that simulate battle, reproduce the imaginative worlds and subjective experiences of witchcraft, magic, and assault sorcery long studied by cultural anthropologists.

    Another significant focus of the collection is the U.S. military's exploitation of ethnographic research, particularly through its controversial Human Terrain Systems (HTS) Program, which embeds anthropologists as cultural experts in military units. Several pieces address the ethical dilemmas that HTS and other counterinsurgency projects pose for anthropologists. Other essays reveal the relatively small scale of those programs in relation to the military's broader use of, and ambitions for, social scientific data.

    Contributors. Robertson Allen, Brian Ferguson, Sverker Finnström, Roberto J. González, David H. Price, Antonius Robben, Victoria Sanford, Jeffrey Sluka, Koen Stroeken, Matthew Sumera, Neil L. Whitehead

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822379041
    Publication Date: 2013-03-28
    contrib-editor: Neil L. Whitehead; Sverker Finnström
    copyright-year: 2013
    eisbn: 9780822379041
    illustrations-note: 15 photographs, 2 tables
    isbn-cloth: 9780822354352
    isbn-paper: 9780822354475
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: The cultures and practice of violence series

    The contributors to this provocative collection scrutinize the relations between anthropology and contemporary global war, contending that modern high-tech warfare is analogous to rituals of magic and sorcery, and examining the U.S. military's exploitation of ethnographic research.

    subtitle: Technologies and Imaginaries for Terror and Killing
  • Virtuous Vice
    Author(s): Clarke, Eric O.; Barale, Michèle Aina; Goldberg, Jonathan; Moon, Michael; Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky

    In this daring study of queer life and the public sphere, Eric O. Clarke examines the effects of inclusion within public culture. Departing from studies that emphasize homophobia and its mechanisms of exclusion, Virtuous Vice details how mainstream efforts to represent queers affirmatively continually fall short of full democratic enfranchisement. Clarke draws on contemporary writings along with late-eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English and European cultural history to investigate how concepts of value, representation, and homoeroticism have interacted and circulated in the West since the Enlightenment.

    Examining the role of eroticism in citizenship and why only normalizing

    constructions of homosexuality enable inclusion, Clarke reconsiders the work of Habermas and Foucault in relation to contemporary visibility politics, Kant’s moral and political theory, Marx’s analysis of value, and the sexualized dynamics of the Victorian cultural public sphere. The juxtaposition of Habermas with Foucault reveals the surprising value of reading the former in the context of queer politics and the usefulness of the theory of the public sphere for understanding contemporary identity politics and the visibility politics of the 1990s. Examining how a host of nonsexual factors impinge historically upon the constitution of sexual identities and practices, Clarke negotiates the relation between questions of publicity and categories of value. Discussions of television sitcoms (such as Ellen), marketing techniques, authenticity, and literary culture add to this daring analysis of visibility politics.

    As a critique of the claim that equal representation of gays and lesbians necessarily constitutes progress, this significant intervention into social theory will find enthusiastic readers in the fields of Victorian, cultural, literary, and gay and lesbian studies, as well as other fields engaged with categories of identity.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822380177
    Publication Date: 2000-02-22
    author-list-text: Eric O. Clarke, Michèle Aina Barale, Jonathan Goldberg, Michael Moon and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    1. Eric O. Clarke,
    2. Michèle Aina Barale,
    3. Jonathan Goldberg,
    4. Michael Moon and
    5. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    contrib-author: Eric O. Clarke
    contrib-series-editor: Michèle Aina Barale; Jonathan Goldberg; Michael Moon; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    copyright-year: 2000
    eisbn: 9780822380177
    isbn-cloth: 9780822324775
    isbn-paper: 9780822325130
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: Series Q

    Uses queer theory and Marx’s theory of value to explore issues of assimilation, representation, and equivalence, tracing the concepts through selected 19th-century texts and contemporary gay and lesbian studies.

    subtitle: Homoeroticism and the Public Sphere
  • Visible Histories, Disappearing Women
    Author(s): Sarkar, Mahua

    In Visible Histories, Disappearing Women, Mahua Sarkar examines how Muslim women in colonial Bengal came to be more marginalized than Hindu women in nationalist discourse and subsequent historical accounts. She also considers how their near-invisibility except as victims has underpinned the construction of the ideal citizen-subject in late colonial India. Through critical engagements with significant feminist and postcolonial scholarship, Sarkar maps out when and where Muslim women enter into the written history of colonial Bengal. She argues that the nation-centeredness of history as a discipline and the intellectual politics of liberal feminism have together contributed to the production of Muslim women as the oppressed, mute, and invisible “other” of the normative modern Indian subject.

    Drawing on extensive archival research and oral histories of Muslim women who lived in Calcutta and Dhaka in the first half of the twentieth century, Sarkar traces Muslim women as they surface and disappear in colonial, Hindu nationalist, and liberal Muslim writings, as well as in the memories of Muslim women themselves. The oral accounts provide both a rich source of information about the social fabric of urban Bengal during the final years of colonial rule and a glimpse of the kind of negotiations with stereotypes that even relatively privileged, middle-class Muslim women are still frequently obliged to make in India today. Sarkar concludes with some reflections on the complex links between past constructions of Muslim women, current representations, and the violence against them in contemporary India.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822389033
    Publication Date: 2010-07-01
    author-list-text: Mahua Sarkar
    1. Mahua Sarkar
    contrib-author: Mahua Sarkar
    copyright-year: 2008
    eisbn: 9780822389033
    isbn-cloth: 9780822342151
    isbn-paper: 9780822342342
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Argues that the discursive erasure of Muslim women within colonial and Hindu nationalist discourse underpinned the construction of other identity categories in late colonial Bengal and remains linked to violence against Indian Muslim women today.

    subtitle: Producing Muslim Womanhood in Late Colonial Bengal
  • Visionary Pragmatism
    Author(s): Coles, Romand

    As neoliberal capitalism destroys democracy, commonwealth, and planetary ecology, the need for radically rethinking and generating transformative responses to these catastrophes is greater than ever. Given that, Romand Coles presents an invigorating new mode of scholarship and political practice he calls "visionary pragmatism." Coles explores the profound interrelationships among everyday micropractices of grassroots politics and pedagogy, institutional transformation, and political protest through polyfocal lenses of political and social theory, neuroscience research, complex systems theory, and narratives of his cutting-edge action research. Visionary Pragmatism offers a theory of revolutionary cooptation that, in part, selectively employs practices and strategies of the dominant order to radically alter the coordinates of power and possibility. Underscoring the potential, vitality, and power of emerging democratic practices to change the world, Visionary Pragmatism's simultaneous theoretical rigor and grounding in actual political and ecological practices provokes and inspires new ways of cocreating knowledge and action in dark times. 


    DOI: 10.1215/9780822374664
    Publication Date: 2016-03-04
    author-list-text: Romand Coles
    1. Romand Coles
    contrib-author: Romand Coles
    copyright-year: 2016
    eisbn: 9780822374664
    illustrations-note: 6 illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822360490
    isbn-paper: 9780822360643
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Romand Coles's new mode of scholarship and political practice called "visionary pragmatism" blends theory with practice in the generation of new transformative responses to contemporary political and ecological crises.

    subtitle: Radical and Ecological Democracy in Neoliberal Times
  • Visions of the Emerald City
    Author(s): Overmyer-Velazquez, Mark

    Visions of the Emerald City is an absorbing historical analysis of how Mexicans living in Oaxaca City experienced “modernity” during the lengthy “Order and Progress” dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz (1876–1911). Renowned as the Emerald City (for its many buildings made of green cantera stone), Oaxaca City was not only the economic, political, and cultural capital of the state of Oaxaca but also a vital commercial hub for all of southern Mexico. As such, it was a showcase for many of Díaz’s modernizing and state-building projects. Drawing on in-depth research in archives in Oaxaca, Mexico City, and the United States, Mark Overmyer-Velázquez describes how Oaxacans, both elites and commoners, crafted and manipulated practices of tradition and modernity to define themselves and their city as integral parts of a modern Mexico.

    Incorporating a nuanced understanding of visual culture into his analysis, Overmyer-Velázquez shows how ideas of modernity figured in Oaxacans’ ideologies of class, race, gender, sexuality, and religion and how they were expressed in Oaxaca City’s streets, plazas, buildings, newspapers, and public rituals. He pays particular attention to the roles of national and regional elites, the Catholic church, and popular groups—such as Oaxaca City’s madams and prostitutes—in shaping the discourses and practices of modernity. At the same time, he illuminates the dynamic interplay between these groups. Ultimately, this well-illustrated history provides insight into provincial life in pre-Revolutionary Mexico and challenges any easy distinctions between the center and the periphery or modernity and tradition.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822387886
    Publication Date: 2006-03-01
    author-list-text: Mark Overmyer-Velazquez
    1. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez
    contrib-author: Mark Overmyer-Velazquez
    copyright-year: 2006
    eisbn: 9780822387886
    illustrations-note: 30 b&w photos, 3 tables, 5 maps
    isbn-cloth: 9780822337775
    isbn-paper: 9780822337904
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Explores how elites and commoners in Oaxaca constructed and experienced the process of modernity during President Porfirio Diaz's government.

    subtitle: Modernity, Tradition, and the Formation of Porfirian Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Visual Occupations
    Author(s): Hochberg, Gil Z.

    In Visual Occupations Gil Z. Hochberg shows how the Israeli Occupation of Palestine is driven by the unequal access to visual rights, or the right to control what can be seen, how, and from which position. Israel maintains this unequal balance by erasing the history and denying the existence of Palestinians, and by carefully concealing its own militarization. Israeli surveillance of Palestinians, combined with the militarized gaze of Israeli soldiers at places like roadside checkpoints, also serve as tools of dominance. Hochberg analyzes various works by Palestinian and Israeli artists, among them Elia Suleiman, Rula Halawani, Sharif Waked, Ari Folman, and Larry Abramson, whose films, art, and photography challenge the inequity of visual rights by altering, queering, and manipulating dominant modes of representing the conflict. These artists' creation of new ways of seeing—such as the refusal of Palestinian filmmakers and photographers to show Palestinian suffering or the Israeli artists' exposure of state manipulated Israeli blindness —offers a crucial gateway, Hochberg suggests, for overcoming and undoing Israel's militarized dominance and political oppression of Palestinians.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822375517
    Publication Date: 2015-04-07
    author-list-text: Gil Z. Hochberg
    1. Gil Z. Hochberg
    contrib-author: Gil Z. Hochberg
    copyright-year: 2015
    eisbn: 9780822375517
    illustrations-note: 56 illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822359012
    isbn-paper: 9780822358879
    publisher-name: Duke University Press
    series: Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe

    Gil Z. Hochberg examines films, photography, painting and literature by Israeli and Palestinian artists. Israel's greater ability to control what can be seen, how, and from what position drives the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The artists Hochberg studies challenge Israel's visual and social dominance by creating new ways to see the conflict.

    subtitle: Violence and Visibility in a Conflict Zone
  • Visual Pedagogy
    Author(s): Goldfarb, Brian

    In classrooms, museums, health clinics and beyond, the educational uses of visual media have proliferated over the past fifty years. Film, video, television, and digital media have been integral to the development of new pedagogical theories and practices, globalization processes, and identity and community formation. Yet, Brian Goldfarb argues, the educational roles of visual technologies have not been fully understood or appreciated. He contends that in order to understand the intersections of new media and learning, we need to recognize the sweeping scope of the technologically infused visual pedagogy—both in and outside the classroom. From Samoa to the United States mainland to Africa and Brazil, from museums to city streets, Visual Pedagogy explores the educational applications of visual media in different institutional settings during the past half century.

    Looking beyond the popular media texts and mainstream classroom technologies that are the objects of most analyses of media and education, Goldfarb encourages readers to see a range of media subcultures as pedagogical tools. The projects he analyzes include media produced by AIDS/HIV advocacy groups and social services agencies for classroom use in the 1990s; documentary and fictional cinemas of West Africa used by the French government and then by those resisting it; museum exhibitions; and TV Anhembi, a municipally sponsored collaboration between the television industry and community-based videographers in São Paolo, Brazil.

    Combining media studies, pedagogical theory, and art history, and including an appendix of visual media resources and ideas about the most productive ways to utilize visual technologies for educational purposes, Visual Pedagogy will be useful to educators, administrators, and activists.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822384052
    Publication Date: 2002-09-27
    author-list-text: Brian Goldfarb
    1. Brian Goldfarb
    contrib-author: Brian Goldfarb
    copyright-year: 2002
    eisbn: 9780822384052
    illustrations-note: 28 b&w photos
    isbn-cloth: 9780822329367
    isbn-paper: 9780822329640
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Critiques some deployments of media in education, in and out of school, while exploring progressive possibilities in others.

    subtitle: Media Cultures in and beyond the Classroom
  • Visual Time
    Author(s): Moxey, Keith

    Visual Time offers a rare consideration of the idea of time in art history. Non-Western art histories currently have an unprecedented prominence in the discipline. To what extent are their artistic narratives commensurate with those told about Western art? Does time run at the same speed in all places? Keith Moxey argues that the discipline of art history has been too attached to interpreting works of art based on a teleological categorization—demonstrating how each work influences the next as part of a linear sequence—which he sees as tied to Western notions of modernity. In contrast, he emphasizes how the experience of viewing art creates its own aesthetic time, where the viewer is entranced by the work itself rather than what it represents about the historical moment when it was created. Moxey discusses the art, and writing about the art, of modern and contemporary artists, such as Gerard Sekoto, Thomas Demand, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Cindy Sherman, as well as the sixteenth-century figures Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Albrecht Dürer, Matthias Grünewald, and Hans Holbein. In the process, he addresses the phenomenological turn in the study of the image, its application to the understanding of particular artists, the ways verisimilitude eludes time in both the past and the present, and the role of time in nationalist accounts of the past.

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822395935
    Publication Date: 2013-05-27
    author-list-text: Keith Moxey
    1. Keith Moxey
    contrib-author: Keith Moxey
    copyright-year: 2013
    eisbn: 9780822395935
    illustrations-note: 29 illustrations, incl. 8 in color
    isbn-cloth: 9780822353546
    isbn-paper: 9780822353690
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    Examining the notion of time in art history, Keith Moxey argues that looking at a work of art creates an experience of time for the viewer distinct from the work's place in the history of art.

    subtitle: The Image in History
  • Vulnerability in Resistance
    Author(s): Butler, Judith; Gambetti, Zeynep; Sabsay, Leticia

    Vulnerability and resistance have often been seen as opposites, with the assumption that vulnerability requires protection and the strengthening of paternalistic power at the expense of collective resistance. Focusing on political movements and cultural practices in different global locations, including Turkey, Palestine, France, and the former Yugoslavia, the contributors to Vulnerability in Resistance articulate an understanding of the role of vulnerability in practices of resistance. They consider how vulnerability is constructed, invoked, and mobilized within neoliberal discourse, the politics of war, resistance to authoritarian and securitarian power, in LGBTQI struggles, and in the resistance to occupation and colonial violence. The essays  offer a feminist account of political agency by exploring occupy movements and street politics, informal groups at checkpoints and barricades, practices of self-defense, hunger strikes, transgressive enactments of solidarity and mourning, infrastructural mobilizations, and aesthetic and erotic interventions into public space that mobilize memory and expose forms of power. Pointing to possible strategies for a feminist politics of transversal engagements and suggesting a politics of bodily resistance that does not disavow forms of vulnerability, the contributors develop a new conception of embodiment and sociality within fields of contemporary power.

    Contributors. Meltem Ahiska, Athena Athanasiou, Sarah Bracke, Judith Butler, Elsa Dorlin, Basak Ertür, Zeynep Gambetti, Rema Hammami, Marianne Hirsch, Elena Loizidou, Leticia Sabsay, Nükhet Sirman, Elena Tzelepis

    DOI: 10.1215/9780822373490
    Publication Date: 2016-10-07
    contrib-editor: Judith Butler; Zeynep Gambetti; Leticia Sabsay
    copyright-year: 2016
    eisbn: 9780822373490
    illustrations-note: 29 illustrations
    isbn-cloth: 9780822362791
    isbn-paper: 9780822362906
    publisher-name: Duke University Press

    This volume recasts the concepts of vulnerability and resistance, moving beyond the assumptions that they are opposites. Focusing on recent events and cultural practices in Turkey, Palestine, France, and the former Yugoslavia, the essays connect vulnerability to resistance by showing how women and other minorities use their own vulnerability as resistance.


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