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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

Fear is a staple of popular culture and politics. There is nothing new in that. In fact, a history of modern nation-states could be written following the regular ebb and flow of fear rippling their surface, punctuated by outbreaks of outright hysteria. No doubt several parallel histories could be written, so copious is the material. ...

I. Buying and Being at the Border

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1. Everywhere You Want to Be: Introduction to Fear

Brian Massumi

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pp. 3-38

Lynn Hill, the world's top female rock climber, fell eighty-five feet and landed on her tailbone after she failed to secure the knot in her safety harness. A twenty-foot fall can be fatal. Her worst injuries were a dislocated elbow and a "sore butt." Lynn is wearing a dress watch from the Timex women's fashion collection. ...

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2. The Broken Line

Emily Hicks

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pp. 39-40

Border cultures have certain common features and can be imagined— by borderizing the categories of French poststructuralists Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari—as a machine. The Mexico-US, border provides metaphorical parts of the machine: the border crosser (the "polio"), the helicopters of the border patrol (the "moscos"), ...

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3. Califas

Guillermo Gómez-Peña

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pp. 41-50

Califas is a bilingual performance poem. The structure is disnarrative and modular, like the border experience. This makes it possible to recycle parts into other formats such as performance, radio art, and book art. There are two levels: the narrative, which describes "impossible situations" that subvert historical, political, and cultural facts (in italics); ...

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4. Liberty Net Computer Bulletin Board

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pp. 51-58

If you are an anti-communist you have made the right connection. If you love heritage, culture, and traditions of the white race then you are at home. ...

II. Mutations of Domination

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5. The Sovereign Police

Giorgio Agamben

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pp. 61-64

One of the least ambiguous lessons of the Gulf War was the definitive appearance of sovereignty under the guise of the police. The casualness with which a particularly destructive jus belli cloaked itself in a seemingly modest "police operation" should not be considered a cynical sham (as certain rightfully indignant critics have maintained). ...

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6. Testimony

Charles Manson

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pp. 65-82

There has been a lot of charges and a lot of things said about me and brought against me and brought against the codefendants in this case, of which a lot could be cleared up and clarified to where everyone could understand exactly what the Family was supposed to have been, what the philosophies in regards to the families were, ...

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7. The Game

Aimee Morgana

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pp. 83-84

"When he raped me, the pain and fear were so strong that I used to leave my body. The numbness would start in my throat, which he would squeeze tightly with his hand to keep me from making any noise. Slowly it would work its way down my body until even the tips of my fingers and toes would have no feeling. ...

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8. Back to the Witch

Kathy Acker

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pp. 85-112

I was now more alone than I had been before returning to school. In or due to this loneliness, B was more me than me. Since I could no longer see anything in this state, I decided that I had to destroy my obsession. Obsession. The only way to do this, destroy my deepest being, it seemed, would be to become a man. ...

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9. Bodies of Fear: The Films of David Cronenberg

Steven Shaviro

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pp. 113-136

David Cronenberg's films focus insistently, obsessively on the body.1 They relentlessly articulate a politics, a technology, and an aesthetics of the flesh. They are unsparingly visceral; this is what makes them so disturbing. ...

III. Dominations of Mutation

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10. Good Touches, Bad Touches

Government of Canada

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pp. 139-142

Your body is yours. Your eyes, your nose, your mouth, your hair. ...

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11. Poison

Todd Haynes

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pp. 143-170

The city. Night. Evil lurks in every doorway, turning everything black. What is it that brings people here? Is it greed? Is it lust? This is the story of one man's quest into darkness. But beware! This man could be you. ...

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12. Censored

Sandra Buckley

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pp. 171-184

The article that was to have appeared in this space, "Japanese Technoporn," consisted of a collage of images and words developed around a specific pornographic Japanese comic book (manga) story entitled "For Nights When You Can't Sleep." The collage intercut fragments of the narrative of the manga image-text with "found quotes" from other official and unofficial texts drawn from across the multiple discourses ...

IV. The Traffic in Morbidity

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13. The Skull of Charlotte Corday

Leslie Dick

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pp. 187-210

Controversy at the Universal Exposition in Paris, on the centenary of the Revolution, as rival craniologists examine the skull of Charlotte Corday, kindly loaned for exhibition by Prince Roland Bonaparte, great-nephew of Napoleon and noted anthropologist, botanist, and photographer. ...

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14. The Primal Accident

Paul Virilio

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pp. 211-220

According to Albert Einstein, events do not come they are here, we encounter them in passing, in the eternal present. There are no chance mishaps. History is but a long chain reaction, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Harrisburg. The inertia of the moment: radioactivity in space is the analogue of the relativity of time. ...

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15. Two Infinities of Risk

François Ewald

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pp. 221-228

Risk, once it appears, has a tendency to proliferate. It obeys the law of all or nothing. It knows nothing of the binary divisions of classical juridical thought—permitted and prohibited, legal and illegal. All it knows is the endless chain of discrete quantities. For example, in order to objectify a population of automobile drivers in terms of risk one must refrain from opposing "good" drivers to "bad" as two exclusive categories. ...

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16. The Forensic Theater: Memory Plays for the Postmortem Condition

Gregory Whitehead

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pp. 229-242

True to its military origins, the concept of shock describes an experience of total sensual disorientation. Through the accumulation of animal, mechanical, or electronic power into a single blow, the shock event only truly shocks if it exceeds the capacity of the target individual to absorb external stimuli. ...

V. Buying and Being at the Edge

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17. Shopping Disorders

Rhonda Lieberman

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pp. 245-266

Dear reader: Apart from the usual dread and nausea with which I approach the editing of a more-than-two-year-old essay was the accompanying sinking feeling that this essay was written in a state of libidinal economy—both national and personal—that has since shifted dramatically and in fact is now totally irrelevant if not merely embarrassing. ...

VI. Screening: Home and Nation

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18. Television's Unheimlich Home

Elspeth Probyn

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pp. 269-284

After the massacre at the University of Montreal, where fourteen women were killed because of their gender, it is difficult to speak glibly of the articulation of women and fear, of bodies en-gendered in violence. On the day that it happened I was several thousand miles away, ...

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19. Fear and the Family Sedan

Meaghan Morris

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pp. 285-306

Once I took a visiting American to a Sydney surfing beach, and we swapped cultural comparisons. In spite of the gulf between Hawaii (his referent for myths of the beach) and Cronulla, our exchange of differences was easy enough until he told me a legend he'd heard in Hawaii that one day Australia would sink, and the Last Wave would appear on the horizon. ...

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20. Telefear: Watching War News

Thomas L. Dumm

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pp. 307-322

Oh, television. How might one suspend the play of différance necessary to pretend that one is not looking at television, its obscenity always already torn asunder by the mechanisms of its production, always already a beam, always already targeted? Does television evade the fiction of writing before the word only to reinvent it? ...

Illustration and Quotation Sources

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pp. 323-326

Contributors

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pp. 327-330

Index

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pp. 331-336