We have dealt in detail with the claims of these mothers for an apology from the Commonwealth elsewhere, but we revisit them briefly in the final section of this article in light of the recently tabled report for the purposes of a pointed comparison between the de-Indigenization of Australian reconciliation politics with what we identify as a progressive despecification
in the politics of national regret in Australia.
Fanon configures national culture as a mode of the specific, understood as a collective, relational process of despecification
which, to borrow Hallward's words, constitutes a mode of collective subjec-tivation that moves "from the specified to the specific, without yielding to the temptation of the singular" (48), and is nothing other than "the conversion of determination into specific relations--the conversion of determination into relational indetermination" (50):
Meaning as ideal Platonic species prohibits what Husserl is to theorize in Ideas under the heading of generalization on the ladder of specification and despecification
, leaving formalization or de-materialization to take the place of ideality, where identity is axiomatic.
It was his early embrace of Bocklin that enabled de Chirico to receive cubist fragmentation, despecification
, and dislocation of the body as a further development of the same symbolist-derived aesthetic of loss.
Though Bersani finds much to admire in queer commentaries such as these, in Homos he warns against what he considers the dangers of despecification
and desexualization posed by the emergence of the term queer.