Water Monopoly at the Strait: White Supremacy and Biopower
Chapter 2 centers the book’s overall concern for water politics in contemporary Detroit, offering a brief resume of the neocolonial history of the Strait, including the last sixty years of white flight, but focused especially on a new modality of white supremacy understood in terms of Michel Foucault’s “Biopolitics,” culminating in the state-imposed regime of emergency management since 2013—embodying finance capital evisceration of city assets and democratic process in the name of an austerity politics and a racialized renovation of public water provision. Countering this neo-liberal experiment in privatization, large-scale foreclosure, and takeover of water-infrastructure—recently re-deployed from the Global South in stressed Northern cities like Detroit and Flint—is the ferocious creativity of African American-led grassroots coalitions seeking a different “world possibility” that gives the book its particular leitmotif.
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