New at Black Perspectives: Necropower and Natural Disasters

Over at Black Perspectives, the African American Intellectual History Society blog, I wrote a piece that uses theorist Achille Mbembe’s idea of necropower to understand the vulnerability of Black communities to natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I don’t consider my work to be very theoretical, but I read Mbembe’s essay while I was evacuated from Irma, and felt like I had to write this for the blog. T.J. Tallie, Ramzi Fawaz, and Melanie Newport were kind enough to offer helpful comments on an early draft of this, and I’m grateful to the students in my African American history class this semester, because my conversation with them about race and Hurricane Harvey set me to thinking about these issues.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s