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Disruptive Technology

Social Media from Modiano to Zola and Proust

Elizabeth Emery

met with a standing ovation, and I would like to use them as a springboard to consider the lieu commun that “disruptive technology”—the term coined by Clayton Christensen in 1997 to refer to innovations that shake up or destroy existing businesses or

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Flights of Fancy and the Dissolution of Shakespearean Space-Time in Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus

Kate Myers

disrupts Shakespearean conventions in Nights at the Circus has been virtually overlooked. Perhaps a first stab at the over-the-top, self-conscious scrutiny of the Bard in Wise Children , Nights at the Circus deploys Shakespeare's penchant for the

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Disrupted PECMA Flows

A Cognitive Approach to the Experience of Narrative Complexity in Film

Veerle Ros and Miklós Kiss

Over the past two decades, Hollywood cinema has seen the proliferation of disruptive, nonclassical narrative techniques such as radical nonlinearity and excessive embedding—devices that were previously thought to be more or less exclusive to

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Social Isolation and Disrupted Privacy

Impacts of COVID-19 on Adolescent Girls in Humanitarian Contexts

Sarah Baird, Sarah Alheiwidi, Rebecca Dutton, Khadija Mitu, Erin Oakley, Tassew Woldehanna, and Nicola Jones

infection control a monumental task in these settings as Bob Kitchen (2020) notes. In some areas, disruptions to routine services and food supplies because of the global preoccupation with COVID-19 and limitations to supply chains put additional strains

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Objects as Archives of a Disrupted Past

The Lengnangulong Sacred Stone from Vanuatu in France, Revisited

Hugo DeBlock

Ambrym, performing a revived version of a rom masked dance ceremony during the Third National Arts Festival of Vanuatu in Port Vila in 2009. Photo is courtesy of the author. Conclusion: Objects as Archives of a Disrupted Past While the

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(Dis)Connected Rail

Infrastructural Suspension and Phatic Politics in Romania

Adrian Deoancă

, but can also entail disruptions of spatial configurations, and can stand for the foreclosing of progress, generating experiences of frustration and abjection. As such, infrastructures can enforce segregation just as much as they produce connection. 4

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Disrupting the Grid

Encountering Fire and Smoke through Energy Infrastructures

Deepti Chatti and Sayd Randle

disrupting the capacity to produce electricity for and distribute it within the grid. Events like fires, hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, blizzards, ice storms, droughts, and earthquakes can all lead to outages. However, as the literature demonstrates, while

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Disrupting the Invisibility of Working-Class Girls

Redemption, Value, and the Politics of Recognition

Stephanie Skourtes

At a time when individualized narratives have replaced structural explanations like social class to account for inequality, girls who are on the urban fringe are not only made invisible but are under-valued as contributing members to a future, individually oriented society. This article offers a visual disruption in order to re-value the stigmatized, working-class girl by applying the concept of use-value to identify the girls' redemption narratives as an agentic process that is expressed affectively. Drawing from an ethnography of urban, working-class girls who utilize social services, this article reveals how class as culture operated along with other classification systems to inscribe the girls as a problem. Recognizing this, each girl had a redemption tale to tell so as to recover a sense of self; the self-narratives revealed alternative value systems that provided collective and practical value to them.

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Disruptive Discourses

Kenyan Maasai Schoolgirls Make Themselves

Heather Switzer

This article examines the practical construction and effects of the schoolgirl as an emergent social category in contemporary Kenyan Maasai society against mainstream development's figuring of the girl-child. The paper relies upon ninety-eight interviews with schoolgirls between the ages of ten and seventeen in nine primary schools in Kajiado District, Kenya. A contradictory resistance to traditional gender norms and social forms characterizes the schoolgirls' narratives of education and development in their daily lives. These narratives are embedded in larger questions regarding the transnational intersections of ethnicity and gender in the formation of local identities in marginalized indigenous communities in postcolonial Kenya. Without disputing the practical necessities of educating girls, I problematize the seamless rhetoric concerning formal schooling as a neutral public good in order to open up the complex conversation about educational access and attainment in the global south today.

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Youth and Alternative Sporting (Im)mobilities in Disrupted and Conflicted Spaces

Holly Thorpe

War, conflict, and natural disasters disrupt millions of lives around the world each year. With fighting and wars raging across the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia, death tolls are “on the rise,” 1 and the United Nations