Category:

Disaster

Published date:

April 2020

Relevant Links:

Yarimar Bonilla “The Coloniality of Disaster: Race, Empire, and the Temporal Logics of Emergency in Puerto Rico, USA” Political Geography Volume 78, April 2020

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Article Forum: The Coloniality of Disaster: Race, empire, and the temporal logics of emergency

ABSTRACT: This essay uses the case of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico to discuss “the coloniality of disaster”: how catastrophic events like hurricanes, earthquakes, but also other forms political and economic crisis deepen the fault lines of long-existing racial and colonial histories. It argues that disaster capitalism needs to be understood as a form of racio-colonial capitalism and that this in turn requires us to question our understandings of both “resilience” and “recovery.” The article focuses on the “wait of disaster” as a temporal logic of state subjugation and on how Puerto Ricans responded to state abandonment through modes of autogestión, or autonomous organizing. It concludes that while resiliency can be coopted in service of a neoliberal recovery, it can also be the site for gestating new forms of sovereignty and new visions of postcolonial recovery.

DISCUSSION FORM: 

• Ben Anderson “The Affects of the Disaster” Political Geography Volume 78, April 2020

• Kevon Rhiney “Dispossession, Disaster Capitalism and the Post-Hurricane Context in the CaribbeanPolitical Geography Volume 78, April 2020 Political Geography Volume 78, April 2020

• Gustavo A. García López Reflections on Disaster Colonialism: Response to Yarimar Bonilla’s ‘The Wait of disasterPolitical Geography Volume 78, April 2020

AUTHOR RESPONSE: 

Yarimar Bonilla “The Swarm of Disaster” Political Geography Volume 78, April 2020

Article Forum: The Coloniality of Disaster: Race, empire, and the temporal logics of emergency

Category:

Disaster

Published date:

April 2020

Relevant Links:

Yarimar Bonilla “The Coloniality of Disaster: Race, Empire, and the Temporal Logics of Emergency in Puerto Rico, USA” Political Geography Volume 78, April 2020

ABSTRACT: This essay uses the case of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico to discuss “the coloniality of disaster”: how catastrophic events like hurricanes, earthquakes, but also other forms political and economic crisis deepen the fault lines of long-existing racial and colonial histories. It argues that disaster capitalism needs to be understood as a form of racio-colonial capitalism and that this in turn requires us to question our understandings of both “resilience” and “recovery.” The article focuses on the “wait of disaster” as a temporal logic of state subjugation and on how Puerto Ricans responded to state abandonment through modes of autogestión, or autonomous organizing. It concludes that while resiliency can be coopted in service of a neoliberal recovery, it can also be the site for gestating new forms of sovereignty and new visions of postcolonial recovery.

DISCUSSION FORM: 

• Ben Anderson “The Affects of the Disaster” Political Geography Volume 78, April 2020

• Kevon Rhiney “Dispossession, Disaster Capitalism and the Post-Hurricane Context in the CaribbeanPolitical Geography Volume 78, April 2020 Political Geography Volume 78, April 2020

• Gustavo A. García López Reflections on Disaster Colonialism: Response to Yarimar Bonilla’s ‘The Wait of disasterPolitical Geography Volume 78, April 2020

AUTHOR RESPONSE: 

Yarimar Bonilla “The Swarm of Disaster” Political Geography Volume 78, April 2020