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Chapter 5 examines fossil-being as a mode of subjectivity understood through the geologic grammars of stratigraphy and time to establish the stratigraphic geo-logics of race. It demonstrates how the transcendental theory of white nature historicized a racialized bedrock through deep time narration. The chapter attends to how geologic grammars join classification and geologies of race into modes of valuation, across material and symbolic terrains, to create shared metaphysical and geophysical architectures of affects. Examples demonstrate how racialized materialisms fundamentally shaped the categorizations of inhuman nature across poetic and propertied orders through a reliance on deep time to do racial work, which in turn promoted a normative form of geochronicity in narratives of racial life.

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