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Victoria Browne, Jason Danely, and Doerthe Rosenow

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266830

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266830.001.0001

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Meteorological Moods and Atmospheric Attunements

Meteorological Moods and Atmospheric Attunements

(p.60) 3 Meteorological Moods and Atmospheric Attunements
Vulnerability and the Politics of Care

C. Jason Throop

British Academy

This chapter examines local mooded responses to two devastating typhoons – Typhoon Sudal (2004) and Super Typhoon Maysak (2015) – both of which hit the island of Yap (Federated States of Micronesia) about a decade apart. Situating these events within a broader ethnographic and historical discussion of typhoons and local Yapese orientations to them, a central goal of the chapter will be to illustrate how an ontologically responsive, politically inflected, and morally attuned mood of despair anticipated, and in part patterned, the conditions of possibility and forms of vulnerability arising in, from, and alongside them. The chapter concludes by arguing that a phenomenological anthropological analysis of despair – which arises when possibilities inherent in a given world collapse, thus rendering us radically exposed and vulnerable – discloses the eroding conditions of possibility that define the parameters of contemporary life in Yap. Taking such moods seriously, is not, in this regard, merely an ontological imperative, but an ethical and political one as well.

Keywords:   Anthropology, Phenomenology, Moods, Morality, Ontology, Politics, Typhoons, Yap, vulnerability

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