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Slow emergencies : temporality and the racialized biopolitics of emergency governance.

Anderson, B. and Grove, K. and Kearnes, M. and Rickards, L. (2019) 'Slow emergencies : temporality and the racialized biopolitics of emergency governance.', Progress in human geography., 44 (4). pp. 621-639.


How lives are governed through emergency is a critical issue for our time. In this paper, we build on scholarship on this issue by developing the concept of ‘slow emergencies’. We do so to attune to situations of harm that call into question what forms of life can and should be secured by apparatuses of emergency governance. Through drawing together work on emergency and on racialization, we define ‘slow emergencies’ as situations marked by a) attritional lethality; b) imperceptibility; c) the foreclosure of the capacity to become otherwise; d) emergency claims. We conclude with a call to reclaim ‘emergency’.

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Publisher statement:Anderson, B., Grove, K., Kearnes, M. & Rickards, L., Slow emergencies: temporality and the racialized biopolitics of emergency governance, Progress in Human Geography. 44(4) pp. 621-639. Copyright © The Author(s) 2019. DOI: 10.1177/0309132519849263
Date accepted:16 April 2019
Date deposited:23 April 2019
Date of first online publication:16 May 2019
Date first made open access:23 April 2019

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