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  1. Developmental Aspiration at the End of Accumulation: The New International Economic Order and the Antinomies of the Bandung Era.Bret Benjamin - 2018 - Mediations 32 (1).
    Bret Benjamin takes up the 1974 UN Declaration for a New International Economic Order in an effort to reconsider “the 1970s as a decade of transition in which the sharpening developmental aspirations of G77 nations in the global south come into conflict with structural transformations in the accumulation of capital.” Reading the NIEO as the “last gasp” of the Bandung era, Benjamin argues that the “developmentalist demands of the Bandung era run aground on the contemporaneous systemic crisis of capital.”.
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  2. Small and Subaltern Cosmopolitanisms. [REVIEW]Sofia Cutler - 2018 - Mediations 32 (1).
    Sofia Cutler reviews the collection Cosmopolitanisms edited by Paulo Lemos Horta and Bruce Robbins.
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  3. Accumulated Violence, or, the Wars of Exploitation: Notes Toward a Post-Western Marxism.Sourayan Mookerjea - 2018 - Mediations 32 (1).
    Sourayan Mookerjea proposes a “Post-Western Marxism,” rooted in the insights of social reproduction and decolonization theory with the aim of thinking historically about exploitation as “the domination of inner and outer nature.” Class politics, he argues, is never immediately available and is thus “mediated by the accumulated violence of proliferating oppressions.”.
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  4. Explorations of the Political/Ideological Unconscious: Fredric Jameson and Juan Carlos Rodríguez.Malcolm Read - 2018 - Mediations 32 (1).
    Malcom Read examines crucial distinctions between the “ideological unconscious” and the “political unconscious,” as they were “developed along very different, even contrasting lines in, respectively, the work of Juan Carlos Rodríguez and that of Fredric Jameson.” Drawing out the differences between how the two thinkers situate their work in relation to Althusser, Read invites us to take a deep dive into the world of structuralist Marxisms.
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  5. Translatability, Combined Unevenness, and World Literature in Antonio Gramsci.Stephen Shapiro & Neil Lazarus - 2018 - Mediations 32 (1).
    Stephen Shapiro and Neil Lazarus interrogate the importance of linguistic theory and translation to Antonio Gramsci’s Marxism and situate these concepts within ongoing debates about the world-literary system. Ultimately, they argue that the translatability of literary or political texts is, or should be, “a matter not of intellectual work, no matter how progressive, but of practical politics.”.
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  6. The Financial Imaginary of the American Middle Class? [REVIEW]Myka Tucker-Abramson - 2018 - Mediations 32 (1).
    Myka Tucker-Abramson reviews The Financial Imaginary: Economic Mystification and the Limits of Realist Fiction by Alison Shonkwiler.
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  7. Aesthetics and Activism. [REVIEW]Stacey Balkan - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    Stacey Balkan reviews Shelley Streeby’s Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making Through Science Fiction and Activism.
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  8. Phantasmagorias of Energy: Toward a Critical Theory of Energy and Economy.Brent Ryan Bellamy & Jeff Diamanti - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    Brent Ryan Bellamy and Jeff Diamanti make the case for the critique of energy by arguing that “the core contradiction of today’s economic system is and always has been tied to its facility with energy.” A critical standpoint on our ongoing economic and ecological crises demands a new historical account of energy.
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  9. The Political Energies of the Archaeomodern Tool.Amanda Boetzkes - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    Taking up work from the 2015 Venice Biennale and Fredric Jameson’s Representing Capital, Amanda Boetzkes explores the intersection of the use of energies in both political struggle and the work of machines, arguing for reading the importance of Walter Benjamin’s concept of the “archaeomodern tool,” in which political energies can be gauged in their representation as petrified objects.
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  10. “In the Heat of This Ongoing Past”: Three Lessons on Energy, Climate, and Materialism. [REVIEW]Jordan B. Kinder - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    Jordan B. Kinder reviews two books by Andreas Malm.
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  11. Anthropocene Marxism. [REVIEW]Thomas Laughlin - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    Thomas A. Laughlin reviews Marx and the Earth by John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett.
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  12. Mapping the Atomic Unconscious: Postcolonial Capital in Nuclear Glow.Katherine Lawless - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    Turning to the ways immaterial forms of “accumulation and material forms of labor intersect” under postcolonial capitalism, Katherine Lawless maps the relation between cultural media and the flow of energy and asks: “What happens if we map the emergence of global memory cultures alongside the transition to nuclear energy?”.
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  13. Long Waves of Fossil Development: Periodizing Energy and Capital.Andreas Malm - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    Andreas Malm tracks a long history of capitalist expansion and crisis to make the case that its “contradictions and convulsions” are the moments that energy consumption and production do the most to “reproduce the fossil economy on ever greater scales.” Examining economic slowdowns or moments of depression might provide insights into the expansion of fossil fuel energy dependence.
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  14. Petrofiction and Political Economy in the Age of Late Fossil Capital.Amy Riddle - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    Amy Riddle focuses on two novels, Oil on Water and Cities of Salt, to explore the “cultural logic of late fossil capital,” exploring the relation between oil as a commodity form and oil as part of nature, on one hand, and on the other, the distinction between realism and naturalism as argued by Georg Lukács in “Narrate or Describe?”.
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  15. Keeping the Lights On: Oil Shocks, Coal Strikes, and the Rise of Electroculture.David Thomas - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    David Thomas takes a close look at the United Kingdom during the 1970s to examine the emergence of “electroculture.” Mapping class struggle, dispossession, and state violence onto a history of oil, Thomas makes the case that labor politics and energy politics are deeply intertwined.
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  16. Afterword.Oxana Timofeeva - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    Through the dialectic of parasite and host, Oxana Timofeeva underscores the link between capital and energy, pressing this dialectic into a brief comparison of labor and oil to reiterate the importance of Marxist dialectics to the study and critique of energy.
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  17. Antiphysis/Antipraxis: Universal Exhaustion and the Tragedy of Materiality.Alberto Toscano - 2018 - Mediations 31 (2).
    Through a prolonged engagement with two indispensable works on the critique of energy — Fossil Capital and Capitalism in the Web of Life — Alberto Toscano develops a theory of universal exhaustion, positing a dialectics and tragedy of depletion and exhaustion that points to the limits to both nature and capital.
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