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Chapter 9 examines the work epistemic categories and material circumstances do in creating inhuman(e) ledgers, made in recursive geographies of value of natural resources to stabilize both persons and land for extraction. It looks at how the material disidentification and dividuation of natural resources (rendered toward the telos of industrialization) get made into a subjective category that cojoins inhuman materials and the status of Black life into the inhumanity of carceral conditions. Historically focused on the convict lease and mining in Alabama, this chapter demonstrates how Black spatial life had to contend with geotraumas in the geographies of emancipation, in which the underground became racially organized to service the surfacing of southern modernity and whiteness.

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