Disaster Politics: Surviving End Times
An important article by Yorkshireman Prof Steve Matthewman (now a domiciled Pakeha/tauiwi in Aotearoa New Zealand) who nicely quotes me:
As the Tūhoe disaster scholar Simon Lambert (2022: 74) put it, ‘[w]hen Indigenous People suffer, the system is not broken but merely functioning as it was intended. Indigenous communities have had their sovereign status, including the right to identify and manage their own emergencies, systematically and violently taken from them’.
The 2022 publication is my "Time Back!" (which is linked on the page 'New Pulications').
Professor Matthewman's article speaks to the systemic risk creation which has come to define modern life. But importasntly, he offers a way forward.
Disasters can also act as generative moments. They can show the operation of power in its clearest possible light, including whom power works for. And they give rise to questions of accountability (who should be blamed?), entitlement (what do we deserve?) and normality (how should we live?) ...