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Suspended Apocalypse

Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition

Copyright Date: 2010
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 272
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    Suspended Apocalypse
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    Suspended Apocalypse is a provocative meditation on the Filipino American as a subject of history. Culling from historical, popular, and ethnographic archives, Dylan Rodríguez provides a sophisticated analysis of the Filipino presence in the American imaginary. Radically critiquing current conceptions of Filipino American identity, he puts forth a genealogy of Filipino genocide, rooted in the early twentieth-century subjugation of the Philippines by the United States.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-7073-4
    Subjects: Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-xii)
  4. 1 Filipino American Communion Cultural Alienation and the Conditions of Community
    (pp. 1-32)

    White supremacy and racist genocide are the mobilized global logics of U.S. nation building and have irrevocably constituted the Filipino condition in excess of localized or temporally discrete military and state practices.Suspended Apocalypseis a reflection on the genealogy of the Filipino condition in relation to the durable global structures of American white supremacist statecraft and regimes of U.S.-mediated racist state violence more generally, within and beyond the political and cultural geographies of warfare, colonialist conquest, and genocide. In the following pages, I offer a conceptual and theoretical accounting of the historical architectures of the Filipino condition—including that...

  5. 2 Deformed Nationalism and Arrested Raciality The Grammar and Problematic of a “Filipino American” Common Sense
    (pp. 33-97)

    Post-1965 Filipino Americanism is, from its moment of articulation, a material discourse and self-consciously popular cultural formation that intends a communion of desires, historical identifications, and political allegiances. In its most contemporary forms — that is, once it is conceptualized as an architecture of collective identity that may incessantly reference, but does not organically descend from, the social and cultural formations embodied by early twentieth-century Filipino plantation laborers, farm workers, fishing and cannery migrants,ilustrados, and/or other alleged Filipino American “pioneers”—Filipino Americanism can and must be understood as an essentially deformed nation-building project. I invoke the terms of deformation...

  6. 3 “Its Very Familiarity Disguises Its Horror” White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Statecraft of Pacifica Americana
    (pp. 98-149)

    How might we understand the material genesis of the post-nineteenth-century Filipino condition as a marshaling of capacities for dominance that cannot be sufficiently described through the conventional rubrics of empire, colonialism, or warfare? In this chapter, I contend that the massively fatal political antagonisms that precedent and enable the developmentalist narratives of “Filipino American” liberal multicultural subjectivity also form a central and immovable pillar in the historical architecture of Filipino arrested raciality. As elaborated earlier, I am conceptualizing arrested raciality as a structurally disrupted articulation of racial and protoracial historicity: this disrupted racial articulation is constituted by the grammaticalpresence...

  7. 4 Suspended Apocalypse Toward a Racial Analytic of the Filipino Condition
    (pp. 150-189)

    The notion of suspended apocalypse identifies a political–cultural logic that rearranges, deforms, and dislocates a Filipino genealogy of subjection and death. Far from functioning simply as a distortion of historical truth or indication of collective false consciousness, this logic forms the discursive structure of a “post-genocidal” subjectivity, the grounds on which to make sense of the Filipino condition through its conceptual congruence with the overlapping and complementary political–cultural structures of global liberal multiculturalism and white supremacist governmentality. In this chapter, I deploy the rubric of suspended apocalypse to historically site and genealogically resituate Michel Foucault’s conceptualization of governmentality...

  8. 5 “Death Was Swiftly Running after Us” Disaster, Evil, and Radical Possibility
    (pp. 190-218)

    There is much to be said of the unnatural relation between one’s volcanic eruption and another’s Category 5 hurricane.¹ In addition to culturally confirming and materially restoring the ascendancy of white humanity as the essential primacy of this earthly ordering, the technologies of “natural disaster” — particularly, the racial statecraft endemic to disaster’s management — refract the lineages of conquest, colonialism, and enslavement that both compose and disorder our/other peoples’ identifications. I am not interested in offering a point of closure, prescriptive salve, or discrete political trajectory that “makes sense” of white supremacy’s global apparatus of terror through the Filipino...

  9. Notes
    (pp. 219-246)
  10. Index
    (pp. 247-258)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 259-259)