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Dreams of Purity: Improved Palms, Refined Oils, and Ethical Consumption

As palm oil travels from oil, to seed, to market, this controversial substance becomes associated with moral notions of ‘purity’. We take a multi-temporal and multi-scalar approach to understanding this process: examining current and historical literatures on economic botany and lipid chemistry, we unfold the tactics by which these palms and their oils are purified, and identify how these are reproduced in current marketing trends. Purity, this reveals, is a dream. Though this dream is unattainable, it has shaped plants and their oils, human bodies, and ecosystems, all the while masking the troubling consequences of its doing so.

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Alice Rudge and Véra Ehrenstein

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Urban and Urbanization

Cities and the Dust of Destruction

We open the histories and contemporary terrors of war dust, its afterlives in motion, hyperactivities, and indestructible forms in cities to scrutiny. In its destructive potential, invisibility and durability dust haunts cities, their pasts and presents, erasing and generating urban subjects and subjectivities. 

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Ute Eickelkamp and Malini Sur

Urban and Urbanization

The Stadium and Crises of Social Reproduction

The stadium is indispensable to the management of urban life on an increasingly volatile planet. The material conditions that produced the stadium lay the groundwork for which it becomes ready-at-hand to contain, discipline, and house bodies that have become otherwise unmanageable.

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Morgan Adamson

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Publicly Owned Private Spaces

New York City’s Open Restaurants program and similar programs around the world enclose public space, creating new spaces for policing.

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Joshua Mullenite

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