Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism
Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University and the author of, most recently,
The Fog of Meaning and the Voiceless Demos
In a remote outstation, Yilngi Yarrowin identified a thick tubular layer of fog moving around a nearby hill as a tjelbak, a snakelike entity that leaves in its wake the flat, striated layers of fog that soak mosquito nets, blankets, and bodies and that can make life a misery. Chapter 5 argues that tjelbak snakes are one example of the general problem late liberalism faces as geontopower reveals its operation. How are existents like tjelbak being incorporated into the “conversation” about the destiny of other planetary existents—and the planet as an existent? How can we consider them the dissensus within...