International Immigration Virtual Theme Issue

This week, Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih responded to the sentencing of the Hong Kong employer who severely physically abused her for many months with a call for the reform of domestic worker regulations, pointedly stating: “I hope the Hong Kong government can soon recognise we are workers in Hong Kong and we are not slaves.” In Italy, thousands attended an anti-immigration rally in Rome, while a counter-demonstration took place only a few hundred metres away; both held in large part as responses to Italy’s struggles to cope with the large numbers of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya and Syria. In the US, Ernesto Javier Canepa Diaz was shot dead by police in Santa Ana, California. He was the third Mexican national to be killed by police in the country in the last month, and his death prompted condemnations and calls for response from the Mexican government and civil rights organizations. These stories, which represent only a tiny percentage of those filed with global news organizations on the topic of international immigration in just the last seven days, point instructively, and tragically, to some of the forms of violence that attend contemporary movements of people across borders as those movements come up against nationalist ideals, notions of identity and difference, austerity politics, security regimes, uneven labour geographies, and more.

Activists and policy-makers in countless sites respond in manifold ways to such violences, while scholars everywhere work to bolster these efforts. With this virtual theme issue, we, the Society and Space editors, have selected 17 pieces from the archives of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space and Environment and Planning A that fit within the frame of critical migration scholarship.

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Jonas, McCann and Thomas – Urban Geography: A Critical Introduction

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 5.52.52 AMAndy Jonas, Eugene McCann, and Society and Space editor Mary Thomas have written a fantastic introductory text on Urban Geography. The eBook version is out now, with paperback and hardback versions to follow shortly. From the publisher’s website:

An excellent textbook for urban geography courses: accessible, comprehensive and stimulating. For the student who wants to know how and why cities continue to matter, Andrew Jonas, Eugene McCann and Mary Thomas have produced a pedagogic tour-de-force.
Kevin Ward, University of Manchester

 An excellent and comprehensive introduction to cities’ uneven geographies and the diverse processes and experiences that co-produce them.  Each of its empirically rich and theoretically rigorous chapters will engage, excite and extend students, while giving them a solid grounding.
Pauline McGuirk, Director, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Newcastle, Australia

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Justin Clemens reviews Kate Schechter’s ‘Illusions of a Future: Psychoanalysis and the Biopolitics of Desire’

978-0-8223-5721-6_prIf psychoanalysis proved globally to be one of the greatest intellectual and ethical events of the twentieth century, crossing and scrambling the divisions between the sciences and arts, medicine and morality, the technical and the everyday, it perhaps had its most outrageous popular and institutional success in the mid-century United States. There, it not only enjoyed an almost-incredible triumph in its rapid and near-total takeover of psychiatric institutions across the country, but infiltrated the field of cultural production to the point where the shrink cartoon became a genre in its own right.

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Alex Papadopoulos on Alexis Tsipras’s speech to the Greek Parliament

Before the Greek elections Society and Space hosted a mini forum on the possibilities and challenges to come. We now have the first of hopefully a series of contributions reflecting on the situation since SYRIZA’s victory. Alex Papadopolous writes on “Alexis Tsipras’ Historic Greek Parliament Speech in Support of Social Democracy – Against Neoliberalism“:

The Prime Minister of Greece and leader of the radical left party SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, delivered a major speech that addressed the near totality of domestic and foreign policy issues in the country’s political scene. Important questions about the separation of Church and State and LGBT rights—both in the party platform—were not covered, likely to placate the conservative coalition partner, the Independent Greeks. In certain respects this was business as usual, as a newly elected government commonly presents its program in a ‘state of the union-to-be’ sense to the Parliament and then seeks a vote of confidence. The affirmation of the Government and its program in at least a symbolic sense (since it is largely aspirational in character at this early point) signals the beginning of the legislative season.

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The previous posts in the forum were:

John Agnew (Geography, UCLA) – Ordnungspolitik: Germany’s Shadow over the Greek Election

Peter Bratsis (Political Science, CUNY) – The Greek Elections and the Rebirth of Europe as a Political Space

Costas Douzinas (Law/Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck) – Greece and the Future of Europe

Antonis Vradis (Geography, Durham) – In-between Spaces

Rethinking place and protest in the digital age: two new reviews

Two new reviews are now available on the Open Site:

9780745333052First is Pollyanna Ruiz’s Articulating Dissent: Protest and the Public Sphere, reviewed by Hannah Awcock (Pluto Press, 2014).








9780415889551Second is Mobile Technology and Place, a collection edited by Rowan Wilken and Gerard Goggin and reviewed by Michael Duggan. The volume was published by Routledge in 2012 and has recently appeared in paperback.

Interview with Bruno Latour from Festival of Ideas in Valparaíso, Chile

An interesting interview with Bruno Latour conducted by Patricia Junge, Colombina Schaeffer and Leonardo Valenzuela appears on the VerDeseo blog, in English and with a link to a Spanish version.

See also these two open-access pieces by Latour and co-authors in past issues of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space:

November V, Camacho-Hübner E, Latour B, 2010, Entering a risky territory: space in the age of digital navigation Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 28(4) 581 – 599

Vargas E V, Latour B, Karsenti B, Aït-Touati F, Salmon L, 2008, The debate between Tarde and Durkheim Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 26(5) 761 – 777


Volume 33, Issue 1 now out

The first issue of the 2015 volume of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space is now online (access requires subscription)

Referees 1 – 3

Living with omega-3: new materialism and enduring concerns 4 – 19 Sebastian Abrahamsson, Filippo Bertoni, Annemarie Mol, Rebeca Ibáñez Martín
Performing expertise in human–animal relationships: performative instability and the role of counterperformance 20 – 34 Nora Schuurman, Alex Franklin
The biopolitical production of the city: urban political ecology in the age of immaterial labour 35 – 51 Martín Arboleda
Cultural activism, hegemony, and the search for urban autonomy in the city of Puebla, Mexico 52 – 66 Eduardo González Castillo, Patricia M Martin
From toxic wreck to crunchy chic: environmental gentrification through the body 67 – 83 Leslie Kern
Borders, one-dimensionality, and illusion in the war on drugs 84 – 100 Margath A Walker
The emergence of iBorder: bordering bodies, networks, and machines 101 – 118 Holger Pötzsch
The diaspora within: Himalayan youth, education-driven migration, and future aspirations in India 119 – 135 Sara H Smith, Mabel Gergan
Governing through civil society? The making of a post-Soviet political subject in Ukraine 136 – 153 Alexander Vorbrugg
The bunker and the camp: inside West Germany’s nuclear tomb 154 – 168 Ian Klinke
Militarized spaces and open range: Piñon Canyon and (counter)cartographies of rural resistance 169 – 184 David G Havlick, Eric Perramond

Review essayFrom hinterland to the global: new books on historical and political understandings of territory 185 – 190 Stuart Elden

Clayton Howard reviews Amy Howard’s More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing

image_miniClayton Howard reviews Amy Howard’s (2014) More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing

Few policy debates have launched greater scholarly inquiry than discussions of the so-called “underclass” in the 1980s and 1990s. Beginning in the Reagan administration, conservatives such as political scientist Charles Murray (1984) condemned what they saw as the adverse effects of the liberal welfare state (see also Mead, 1986). Programs like Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and public housing, in their view, rewarded poor people for bad behavior, and scholars like Murray catalogued a long list of consequences that had allegedly resulted from the liberal safety net, including laziness, promiscuity, and crime. Although individuals ultimately made choices about right and wrong, conservative critics claimed that the very programs meant to help low income Americans had ironically trapped them in a nearly inescapable cycle of poverty. Public housing, for example, segregated residents from jobs and possible middle-class role models, while AFDC allegedly encouraged single-mothers to have more children. These conservative critiques helped tip public opinion against support for liberal welfare policies in the 1990s and ultimately led to bipartisan efforts to reform them. In 1996, President Bill Clinton announced the end of the “era of big government” and signed bills that eliminated AFDC and destroyed some of the nation’s largest housing projects. These debates inspired numerous books from sociologists, geographers, and historians, including Amy Howard’s recent work More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco’s Public Housing. Continue reading Clayton Howard’s review here

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Juliet J. Fall – Resisting through and with comics

The morning after a tribute for the victims of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Geneva. Photo by J. Fall.

The horror of the shooting at the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, on the 7th of January, 2015, is barely subsiding. Nobody yet knows what this means for the future, beyond the immediate numb shock that turned into moving city-wide silent vigils around the world. New powerful images emerged of pens held up silently. Dignified, angry and sometimes violent responses. Internet sites are awash with images, drawn and photographed, the purported causes of the violence and the multiple reactions to it. Whether we are lastingly, or not, all “Charlie Hebdo” – as so many Facebook and Twitter profiles proclaim – remains to be seen. Could I truly claim to be as shamelessly vulgar, funny, sharp, over-the-top, or as irreverently clever and as indomitably brave as them, if I chose to post “Je suis Charlie” as my social media profile picture? Growing up reading the paper, I certainly have had very mixed personal reactions to many of the images, a mixture of prudish shock mixed with admiration for the inventiveness of many of the comics. However, I never doubted that such images that castigated all and sundry should exist. They were simply there: part of the cultural context I was raised in. I knew that I could simply choose to turn the page if I wanted. So beyond the emotion of the events of the past days – or perhaps within and with the emotion – what can we learn about resistance, and about the subversive ability of drawn images to speak truth to power? How can the transgressive, uncomfortable and funny sides of comics be exploited to resist the madness, other than by suggesting that the pen, or crayon or felt-tip pen, are mightier than the sword, or than the ubiquitously horrible Kalashnikov. How can we resist with careful images without, as David Campbell put on it on his Twitter feed, “weaponising” other mediums?

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Antipode volume 47, number 3


Natalie Oswin, one of our editors, has a special issue out with Antipode called “World, City, Queer.” Check it out!

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Today we sent Antipode volume 47, number 3 to the publishers. All of the papers, bar two, are already available online, and will be brought together as a collection in the June 2015 print edition.

It’ll be an issue of two parts, opening with a symposium: “World, City, Queer”. Edited by Natalie Oswin (McGill University), it explores the ways in which LGBT politics are tied to the world’s cities at a time when sexual difference is increasingly marshalled as a symbol of progress and modernity for the purposes of fostering national and urban competitiveness. Staging a conversation between work on sexuality and the city and debates on global urbanism, the symposium offers a framework for understanding the “worlding” of queerness that focuses on the relationships between globalisation, urbanisation and sexual politics…

Queer Worldings: The Messy Art of Being Global in Manila and New York by Martin Manalansan (University of Illinois…

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