Life's Work

Geographies of Social Reproduction


Author: Katharyne Mitchell,Sallie A. Marston,Cindi Katz

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405111348

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

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Life's Work is a study of the shifting spaces and material practices of social reproduction in the global era. The volume blurs the heavily drawn boundaries between production and reproduction, showing through case studies of migration, education and domesticity how the practices of everyday life challenge these categorical distinctions. New and innovative study of the shifting spaces and material practices of social reproduction in the global era. Investigates changing conceptions of subjectivity, national identity and modernity. Focuses on both theoretical and practical issues. Includes case studies on migration, education and domesticity.

David Harvey

A Critical Reader


Author: Noel Castree,Derek Gregory

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470775319

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 1057

This book critically interrogates the work of David Harvey, one of the world's most influential geographers, and one of its best known Marxists. Considers the entire range of Harvey's oeuvre, from the nature of urbanism to environmental issues. Written by contributors from across the human sciences, operating with a range of critical theories. Focuses on key themes in Harvey's work. Contains a consolidated bibliography of Harvey's writings.

Precarious Worlds

Contested Geographies of Social Reproduction


Author: Katie Meehan,Kendra Stauss

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820348805

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 7438

This edited collection contributes to the theoretical literature on social reproduction—defined by Marx as the necessary labor to arrive the next day at the factory gate—and extended by feminist geographers and others into complex understandings of the relationship between paid labor and the unpaid work of daily life. The volume explores new terrain in social reproduction with a focus on the challenges posed by evolving theories of embodiment and identity, nonhuman materialities, and diverse economies. Reflecting and expanding on ongoing debates within feminist geography, with additional cross-disciplinary contributions from sociologists and political scientists, Precarious Worlds explores the productive possibilities of social reproduction as an ontology, a theoretical lens, and an analytical framework for what Geraldine Pratt has called “a vigorous, materialist transnational feminism.”

The Point Is To Change It

Geographies of Hope and Survival in an Age of Crisis


Author: Noel Castree,Paul A. Chatterton,Nik Heynen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405198346

Category: Political Science

Page: 354

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This text evaluates the role of critical social scientists and how the point of their work is not simply to interpret the world but to change it. It considers the major challenges of our time and what is to be done about them, and applies diagnosic and normative reasoning to momentous issues.

The New Carbon Economy

Constitution, Governance and Contestation


Author: Peter Newell,Max Boykoff,Emily Boyd

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118315944

Category: Science

Page: 276

View: 9083

The New Carbon Economy provides a critical understanding of the carbon economy. It offers key insights into the constitution, governance and effects of the carbon economy, across a variety of geographical settings. Examines different dimensions of the carbon economy from a range of disciplinary angles in a diversity of settings Provides ways for researchers to subject claims of newness and uniqueness to critical scrutiny Historicizes claims of the 'newness' of the carbon economy Covers a range of geographical settings including Europe, the US and Central America

Practising Public Scholarship

Experiences and Possibilities Beyond the Academy


Author: Katharyne Mitchell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444355562

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 8613

A cross-disciplinary collection of 20 essays describing the journey to public scholarship, exploring the pleasures and perils associated with breaching the town-gown divide. Includes contributions from departments of geography, comparative literature, sociology, communications, history, English, public health, and biology Discusses their efforts to reach beyond the academy and to make their ideas and research broadly accessible to a wider audience Opens the way for a new kind of democratic politics—one based on grounded concepts and meaningful social participation Includes deeply personal accounts about the journey to becoming a public scholar and to intervening politically in the world, while remaining within a university system Provides a broad prescription for social change, both within and outside the university

The Geographies of Peace

New Approaches to Boundaries, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution


Author: Fiona McConnell,Nick Megoran,Philippa Williams

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780761430

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

View: 5273

We are frequently beset by images of war and hostility in the media, and politicians seem constantly to be in search of a means of peaceful resolution to conflicts around the world. But what do we mean by peace? Is peace simply an absence of war? When discussed by politicians, journalists, academics, even activists, it is frequently assumed that we all know: peace is left undefined. Geographies of Peace is the first book wholly dedicated to exploring the geography of peace. Drawing on recent theoretical developments and detailed empirical research from around the world, the contributors argue that it is necessary to conceptualize peace as richly as recent scholarship has done with regard to war.

Carbon Democracy

Political Power in the Age of Oil


Author: Timothy Mitchell

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781681163

Category: Political Science

Page: 292

View: 612

Carbon Democracy provides a unique examination of the relationship between oil and democracy. Interweaving the history of energy, political analysis, and economic theory, Mitchell targets conventional wisdom regarding energy and governance. Emphasizing how oil and democracy have intermixed, he argues that while coal provided the impetus for mass democracy, the shift to oil drastically limited democratic possibility; above all, the ability to confront contemporary ecological crises.


Property and the Remaking of Nature-Society Relations


Author: Becky Mansfield

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


Category: Social Science

Page: 184

View: 4938

Contemporary privatization remakes nature-society as property and transforms people’s relationships to themselves, each other, and the natural world. This groundbreaking collection provides the first systematic analysis of neo-liberal privatization. Rich case studies of privatization in the making reveal both the pivotal role that privatization plays in neoliberalism and new opportunities for challenging neo-liberal hegemony. Rich case studies linked to broader questions on neoliberalism Illustrates the importance of property relation and the complexities existing in the meaning and practice of property Extends current geographical scholarship on neoliberalism –including neoliberalism and nature Each essay touches on the disciplinary, regulatory dimensions of privatization Highlights the importance of privatization, both broadly and specifically

Grounding globalization

labour in the age of insecurity


Author: Eddie Webster,Edward Webster,Robert Lambert,Andries Bezuidenhout

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405129152

Category: Political Science

Page: 261

View: 7981

Claims have been made on the emergence of a new labour internationalism in response to the growing insecurity created by globalization. However, when persons face conditions of insecurity they often turn inwards. The book contains a warning and a sign of hope. Some workers become fatalistic, even xenophobic. Others are attempting to globalize their own struggles. Examines the claim that a new labour internationalism is emerging by grounding the book in evidence, rather than assertion Analyzes three distinct places –Orange, Australia; Changwon, South Korea; and Ezakheni, South Africa – and how they dealt with manufacturing plants undergoing restructuring Explores worker responses to rising levels of insecurity and examines preconditions for the emergence of counter-movements to such insecurity Highlights the significance of ‘place’ and ‘scale’, and demonstrates how the restructuring of multi-national corporations, and worker responses to this, connect the two concepts

Capitalism in the Web of Life

Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital


Author: Jason W. Moore

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781781689011

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 2696

Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today's global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of organizing nature, including human nature. Drawing on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought, Moore offers a groundbreaking new synthesis: capitalism as a "world-ecology" of wealth, power, and nature. Capitalism's greatest strength--and the source of its problems--is its capacity to create Cheap Natures: labor, food, energy, and raw materials. That capacity is now in question. Rethinking capitalism through the pulsing and renewing dialectic of humanity-in-nature, Moore takes readers on a journey from the rise of capitalism to the modern mosaic of crisis. Capitalism in the Web of Life shows how the critique of capitalism-in-nature--rather than capitalism and nature--is key to understanding our predicament, and to pursuing the politics of liberation in the century ahead. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Spaces of Danger

Culture and Power in the Everyday


Author: Heather Merrill,Lisa M. Hoffman

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820348767

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 618

These twelve original essays by geographers and anthropologists offer a deep critical understanding of Allan Pred’s pathbreaking and eclectic cultural Marxist approach, with a focus on his concept of “situated ignorance”: the production and reproduction of power and inequality by regimes of truth through strategically deployed misinformation, diversions, and silences. As the essays expose the cultural and material circumstances in which situated ignorance persists, they also add a previously underexplored spatial dimension to Walter Benjamin’s idea of “moments of danger.” The volume invokes the aftermath of the July 2011 attacks by far-right activist Anders Breivik in Norway, who ambushed a Labor Party youth gathering and bombed a government building, killing and injuring many. Breivik had publicly and forthrightly declared war against an array of liberal attitudes he saw threatening Western civilization. However, as politicians and journalists interpreted these events for mass consumption, a narrative quickly emerged that painted Breivik as a lone madman and steered the discourse away from analysis of the resurgent right-wing racisms and nationalisms in which he was immersed. The Breivik case is merely one of the most visible recent examples, say editors Heather Merrill and Lisa Hoffman, of the unchallenged production of knowledge in the public sphere. In essays that range widely in topic and setting—for example, brownfield development in China, a Holocaust memorial in Germany, an art gallery exhibit in South Africa—this volume peels back layers of “situated practices and their associated meaning and power relations.” Spaces of Danger offers analytical and conceptual tools of a Predian approach to interrogate the taken-for-granted and make visible and legible that which is silenced.

The Dirty Work of Neoliberalism

Cleaners in the Global Economy


Author: Luis L. M. Aguiar,Andrew Herod

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405156368

Category: Law

Page: 263

View: 2601

In this collection of essays, an international group of scholars investigate the global building cleaning industry to reveal the extent of neoliberalism's impact on cleaners. This book provides the first intensive study focusing on building cleaners and their global experiences Brings together an international group of scholars and experts to investigate different national contexts and examples Draws out important commonalities and highlights significant differences in these experiences Examines topics including erosion of cleaners' industrial citizenship rights, the impact of outsourcing upon their working conditions, economic security, and the intensification of their work and its negative effects on physical health Considers how cleaners are mobilizing to resist and respond to the restructuring of their work.

Geographic Thought

A Critical Introduction


Author: Tim Cresswell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118256484

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 5533

This engaging and accessible introduction to geographic thought explores the major thinkers and key theoretical developments in the field of human geography. Covers the complete range of the development of theoretical knowledge of the field, from ancient geography to contemporary non-representational theory Presents theories in an accessible manner through the author's engaging writing style Examines the influence of Darwin and Marx, the emergence of anarchist geographies, the impact of feminism, and myriad other important bodies of thought Stresses the importance of geographic thought and its relevance to our understanding of what it is to be human, and to the people, places, and cultures of the world in which we live

Children's Geographies

Playing, Living, Learning


Author: Sarah L. Holloway,Gill Valentine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134622546

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 9244

Children's Geographies is an overview of a rapidly expanding area of cutting edge research. Drawing on original research and extensive case studies in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia, the book analyses children's experiences of playing, living and learning. The diverse case studies range from an historical analysis of gender relationss in nineteenth century North American playgrounds through to children's experiences of after school care in contemporary Britain, to street cultures amongst homeless children in Indonesia at the end of the twentieth century. Threaded through this empirical diversity, is a common engagement with current debates about the nature of childhood. The individual chapters draw on contemporary sociological understandings of children's competence as social actors. In so doing they not only illustrate the importance of such an approach to our understandings of children's geographies, they also contribute to current debates about spatiality in the social studies of childhood.

Give a Man a Fish

Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution


Author: James Ferguson

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

ISBN: 9780822358954

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 3217

In Give a Man a Fish James Ferguson examines the rise of social welfare programs in southern Africa, in which states make cash payments to their low income citizens. More than thirty percent of South Africa's population receive such payments, even as pundits elsewhere proclaim the neoliberal death of the welfare state. These programs' successes at reducing poverty under conditions of mass unemployment, Ferguson argues, provide an opportunity for rethinking contemporary capitalism and for developing new forms of political mobilization. Interested in an emerging "politics of distribution," Ferguson shows how new demands for direct income payments (including so-called "basic income") require us to reexamine the relation between production and distribution, and to ask new questions about markets, livelihoods, labor, and the future of progressive politics.

Women and Employment

Changing Lives and New Challenges


Author: Jacqueline L. Scott,Shirley Dex,Heather Joshi

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing


Category: Social Science

Page: 375

View: 447

'This excellent collection deserves to be read, and from cover to cover. . . all the contributions focus on the UK situation over the past 25 years, although some offer comparative exemplars and analysis. This national focus makes this collection an essential resource for those working in the UK (and Europe). But, the general empirical excellence of the collection, as well as the theoretical insights generated in some of the chapters, make this an essential collection for anyone interested in gender and work.' - Lesley Patterson, Gender in Management: An International Journal

Full Circles

Geographies of Women over the Life Course


Author: Cindi Katz,Janice Monk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317858328

Category: Science

Page: 332

View: 8793

Full Circles describes the very different lives and expectations of women in post-industrial and developing countries from childhood to old age. Analysing how class, ethnicity, nationality and individual values intersect with the experience of the life course, the book explores the futures open to women in diverse and changing locations.