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A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (Forerunners: Ideas First)

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Rewriting the “origin stories” of the Anthropocene

No geology is neutral, writes Kathryn Yusoff. Tracing the color line of the Anthropocene, A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None examines how the grammar of geology is foundational to establishing the extractive economies of subjective life and the earth under colonialism and slavery. Yusoff initiates a transdisciplinary

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Published November 2nd 2018 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
kept thinking about the differing takes between fred moten and kathryn yusoff on the ethical implications of what yusoff quotes sylvia wynter describing as the reduction of black and red people into matter and energy. it’s never all so bad for moten. i mean, it is what we are, after all. yusoff is writing towards the denialist state whom holds all the resources for whatever change will prove to be possible. yusoff is taking us through all the horric directions the term extraction can be taken. “ ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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lotta inaccurate geology information, made some interesting points about who is responsible for the anthropocene in theory . idk man. gotta talk to geologists if ur gonna spew invective against them, hot take.
Callie Gardner
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
everyone who talks about what 'we'/'humanity' have done or are doing to the environment should read this – it shows how the 'indifferent extraction' of colonial violence runs straight through the industrial revolution and nuclear testing to catastrophic climate change, and reveals how the plans to declare a 'start' date of the anthropocene by identifying the geological 'golden spike' in CO2 levels only serve to impale on that spike bodies which have no 'recourse to history'. a vital rewriting of ...more
Term is over, and I'm winding down my work in anticipation of the Christmas break. For three days in a row, I get up early, open the PDF of Kathryn Yusoff's A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None, read it for a couple of hours, then go for a run on the increasingly icy paths of Leeds parks. This is a short and provocative book, one which casts the entire discourse surrounding the Anthropocene as a form of "White Geology" that violently forges and then violently excludes a racialised blackness ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It asserts an insurgent geology for the end of the world, for the possibility of other worlds not marked by anti-Blackness, where the inhuman is a relation, no longer an appendage of fungibility.”

“perceptions of social formations and geologic organizations are linked through both practices and sets of ideas/ideals. In the context of the propulsion of species narrative as the survival of all in the Anthropocene, this cozy, “innocent” universal of geologic realism reinforce the idea of matter as
Karen Salt
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling counter to anthropocenic logics currently circulating within various sectors and disciplines. The first two sections/chapters offer some of the most fully articulated critiques. The latter chapters--while illuminating--would be better suited to a longer format. Perhaps that is simply me being greedy--I want more, not less, material to grapple with.

In this short form, though, the text pivots between a critical rejection of the framing of the Anthropocene--while nodding to other forms
Gail Hamner
Excellent argument that calls geology to account for its complicity with White slave-economy and settler-colonialism. I think Minnesota Press should really hire competent editors, however; what a travesty to have so many typos and small mistakes. To me, this makes the impression that the press just doesn't care about the author or the argument, which is a shame, if not shameful.
Tallon Kennedy
This is some wonderful work thinking through the Anthropocene and how the history of race, both black and indigenous, are inextricable from our current environmental issues-- in fact, Yusoff shows that the exploitation of black and brown bodies and lands is the foundation of climate change.

Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good content but very dense/academic
Said Ahmad
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some very powerful arguments presented in this typical, droning US academic style that is in itself a symptom of disturbing power relations. Anyway, still a good book.
Jake Leech
Way out of my league.
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Kathryn Yusoff is Professor of Inhuman Geography at Queen Mary University of London.
“The racial categorization of Blackness shares its natality with mining the New World, as does the material impetus for colonialism in the first instance. This means that the idea of Blackness and the displacement and eradication of indigenous peoples get caught and defined in the ontological wake of geology. The human and its subcategory, the inhuman, are historically relational to a discourse of settler-colonial rights and the material practices of extraction, which is to say that the categorization of matter is a spatial execution, of place, land, and person cut from relation through geographic displacement (and relocation through forced settlement and transatlantic slavery). That is, racialization belongs to a material categorization of the division of matter (corporeal and mineralogical) into active and inert. Extractable matter must be both passive (awaiting extraction and possessing of properties) and able to be activated through the mastery of white men.” 0 likes
“Precisely because modernity (and premodernity) is secured in a subjectivity that is inscripted at the onset in race, the diagnostic of the Anthropocene does not unleash any ethical crisis in liberal discourse about who is targeted by these material practices. What is at stake and what is on the front line are defined through the color line. The disembodied monuments and matter of the Golden Spike point but don’t name. This is why the Anthropocene is configured in a future tense rather than in recognition of the extinctions already undergone by black and indigenous peoples.” 0 likes
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