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Mobilising affect in feminist, queer and anti-racist media cultures

The power of vulnerability interrogates the new language of vulnerability that has emerged in feminist, queer and anti-racist debates about the production, use and meanings of media. The book investigates the historical legacies and contemporary forms and effects of this language. In today’s media culture, traumatic first-person or group narratives have popular currency, mobilising affect from compassion to rage to gain cultural visibility and political advantage. In this context, vulnerability becomes a kind of capital, a resource or an asset that can and has been appropriated for various groups and purposes in public discourses, activism as well as cultural institutions. Thus, politics of representation translates into politics of affect, and the question about whose vulnerability counts as socially and culturally legible and acknowledged. The contributors of the book examine how vulnerability has become a battleground; how affect and vulnerability have turned into a politicised language for not only addressing but also obscuring asymmetries of power; and how media activism and state policies address so-called vulnerable groups. While the contributors investigate the political potential as well as the constraints of vulnerability for feminist, queer and antiracist criticism, they also focus on the forms of agency and participation vulnerability can offer.

Affect and ethics in fiction from neoliberal South Africa
Rebecca Duncan

audiences, to the extent that it positions these as vulnerable or affectable , fictions of this kind might offer us a means by which to begin a rerouting of the dehumanising principles of self-gain on which the logic of neoliberal capital is founded. Post-apartheid South Africa, neoliberalism and the neocolonial operation of global capital Writing of

in Neoliberal Gothic
Translatina world-making in The Salt Mines and Wildness
Laura Horak

 95 6 VISIBILITY AND VULNERABILITY Translatina world-​making in The Salt Mines and Wildness Laur a Hor ak M idway through the documentary film Wildness (US, Wu Tsang, 2012), we see a montage of glowing night-​time Los Angeles streets and a laughing and posing translatina woman. Over a pulsing beat, the husky, feminine voice of the Silver Platter, a half-​century-​old Latinx gay bar, testifies (in Spanish): My ladies are strong … But we all have our limits. Not only do they live in fear of being deported, they also have to deal with abuse from their families

in The power of vulnerability
Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä, and Ingrid Ryberg

 1 1 VULNERABILITY AS A POLITICAL LANGUAGE A nu Koi v une n, K atar iina K yröl ä a nd I ngr id  Ry berg I n present-​ day public discussions, questions of power, agency, and the media are debated more intensely than ever as issues of injury or empowerment. Vulnerability has emerged as a key concept circulating in these discussions and their academic analyses. The #MeToo campaign, as well as its extensions like #TimesUp and versions in various languages across the globe, has been taken up as a key example of these tendencies, showing how the public

in The power of vulnerability
Kelly Oliver

5302P Democracy MUP-PT/lb.qxd 23/10/09 16:08 Page 90 4 Technologies of violence and vulnerability Kelly Oliver Given that immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11 one of the most frequently used words was ‘vulnerable’, it is important to reflect on the meaning and effects of vulnerability in relation to violence, particularly since the word most closely following on its heels was ‘war’. Recently, philosophers have embraced vulnerability as constitutive of our humanity. For example, Judith Butler and Julia Kristeva suggest that we need to

in Democracy in crisis
Katariina Kyrölä

 29 2 NEGOTIATING VULNERABILITY IN THE TRIGGER WARNING DEBATES K atar iina  K y r ö l ä S ince around 2012, the use of trigger warnings or content warnings has spread all over the Internet and, to some extent, academic classrooms. Warnings about content that may be upsetting, offensive or that could trigger post-​traumatic stress responses abound online, particularly in contexts where the addressed include people or groups deemed marginalised, disadvantaged or traumatised. Trigger or content warnings have most commonly been linked to online images and texts

in The power of vulnerability
Josef W. Konvitz

6 The vulnerability and resilience of cities The crash of 2008, more damaging than any recent earthquake, tsunami, forest fire, industrial disaster, flood, or storm when measured in income lost, unemployment, deferred investment, and mental distress and illness, was the biggest cross-border peacetime systemic crisis since the 1930s; it will not be the last. If the global financial crisis has not been enough to provoke a reassessment of policies for cities and growth, what could? Perhaps more crises of which cities will be the epicenter in energy, the environment

in Cities and crisis
Abstract only
Ken Young

6 A vulnerable island The British further insist that it is unrealistic as well as impractical to set up and maintain an adequate defense against a surprise attack. This basic divergence of views is largely responsible for the fact that the British and American preparations for the defense of the SAC bases are out of step with each other. The Defense of Strategic Air Command Bases in the United Kingdom, 1951. Having accepted the deployment of American strategic forces in 1948, the British government had no room for illusions about the extent to which the UK

in The American bomb in Britain
Johanna Gondouin, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, and Ingrid Ryberg

 116 7 WHITE VULNERABILITY AND THE POLITICS OF REPRODUCTION IN TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL Jo ha n na G ond ouin, Suruc hi Thapar- ​Björ k ert a nd I ngr id  Ry berg T  op of The Lake: China Girl (Australia, Jane Campion, 2017) is the sequel to Jane Campion and Gerard Lee’s crime series Top of the Lake from 2013, directed by Campion and Ariel Kleiman. After four years of absence, Inspector Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) returns to the Sydney Police Force and comes to lead the murder case of an unidentified young Asian woman, found in a suitcase at Bondi Beach

in The power of vulnerability
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