Article first published online: 6 AUG 2012
© 2012 by the American Anthropological Association
Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 518–525, August 2012
How to Cite
STEWART, K. (2012), PRECARITY'S FORMS. Cultural Anthropology, 27: 518–525. doi: 10.1111/j.1548-1360.2012.01157.x
- Issue published online: 6 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 6 AUG 2012
Writing matters if objects of analysis are to be understood as emergent forms with qualities, intensities, and trajectories that can be described or evoked. Writing is not epiphenomenal to thought but its medium. As it sidles up to worlds, disparate and incommensurate things throw themselves together. As it attunes, spatial and temporal dimensions come into play; writing skids over surfaces, pauses on a detail, grows capacious or pinched. Here, I write four very different scenes of precarity as a form that accretes, accrues, and wears out and one that takes place through attachments, tempos, materialities, and states of being. Such objects of analysis register the tactility and significance of something coming into form through an assemblage of affects, routes, conditions, sensibilities, and habits.