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    Coloniality and the carbonscape: reflections on white settlement and sociogeny from inside a cookie factory.


    Jackson, M, 2018, ‘Coloniality and the carbonscape: reflections on white settlement and sociogeny from inside a cookie factory.’. in: Karen Engle, Yoke Sum Wong (eds) Feelings of Structure: Explorations in Affect. McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal, pp. 139-161


    This chapter takes its inspiration, and some of its form, from Sylvia Wynter’s theorization of the ‘sociogenic principle’. Wynter develops Franz Fanon’s famous invocation of ‘sociogeny’ into an analytic principle that troubles the boundaries between social and physical explanation. Transformed meanings transform matter which transforms self-experience. Meaning and matter, word and world are co-implicate relational ontologies. Social explanation becomes, then, an onto-poetics from which sociality emerges. Critique is, thus, not a reductionist unidirectional explanation, but bi-directional, a spiraling, creative emergence which encompasses material structures of feeling as feelings of material structure. Though they resonate differently, feeling and structure, no longer inside and outside, are part of the same thoughtful sensibility; world and thought are not separated by an unbridgeable chasm, but sociogenically inter-related. The following chapter stories particular processes of embodied authorial memory, becoming, feeling, and thought through remembered and retold imaginaries of sociogenic: atmosphere, dissipation, solution, and process: coloniality, place, carbon, consumption, history, and ruin. The argument is oblique and explores immersion within material, and thus sociogenic structures of thought and experience. Structures, feelings, and imaginaries are enrolled within a premise of ‘earth-writing’ (geo-graphing) memory, naming, constitutional change, promises made and broken, boundaries erected, differences wrought, and possibilities played.

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