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Premediation and white affect: climate change and migration in critical perspective

Baldwin, W.A. (2016) 'Premediation and white affect: climate change and migration in critical perspective.', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers., 41 (1). pp. 78-90.


This paper extends existing debate about the relationship between climate change and migration by locating this debate within the registers of race and difference. The paper argues that the discourse on climate change and migration generates a particular racial orientation to climate change called ‘white affect’. To make this argument, the paper connects up two related phenomena: racial neoliberalism and the relationship between affect and biopower. The white affect of climate change and migration discourse is here understood to be an ‘object-target’ of biopolitics. White affect thus becomes an important concept for understanding how racial neoliberalism functions through affective proxy.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Climate change, Migration, Race, Neoliberalism, Affect.
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Publisher statement:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Baldwin, A. (2016), Premediation and white affect: climate change and migration in critical perspective. Trans Inst Br Geogr, 41: 78-90., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley-VCH Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:26 October 2015
Date deposited:20 January 2021
Date of first online publication:09 December 2015
Date first made open access:20 January 2021

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