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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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The Politics of Small Problems

The Politics of Small Problems

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(p.257) 35 The Politics of Small Problems
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The Critical Pulse
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Frances Negrón-Muntaner

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.003.0036

This chapter explains the author's so-called politics of small problems. The politics of small problems stems from her attention to the smallest of details—be they of dress, gesture, or place. This politics is evident in her writings that focus on the mundane aspects of popular culture, where she considers the small things that make up so much of people's affective lives and the marketplace, as well as in those that focus on the political economy of Puerto Rico and Guam—two small places to which she has dedicated much of her intellectual attention over the last two decades. The politics of small problems is also informed by a skepticism regarding modernity's core narratives. This skepticism emerges from being repeatedly exposed to the West's “dark side” and from witnessing how seemingly new national orders often produce similar forms of subjection.

Keywords:   politics, small problems, West, subjection, skepticism, modernity

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