Video abstract – Michelle Buckley talks about 'Locating Neoliberalism in Dubai: Migrant Workers and Class Struggle in the Autocratic City'

Time flies and already the second issue of Antipode‘s 2013 volume is with the publishers. Antipode 45:2 includes an editorial taking stock of ‘the Antipode project’, interventions on ‘Trayvon Martin and the Dystopian Turn in US Self-defence Doctrine‘ by Hilda Kurtz and ‘Epistemologies of Participation, or, What Do Critical Human Geographers Know That’s of Any Use?‘ by Kelvin Mason, Gavin Brown and Jenny Pickerill, as well as 13 papers covering a wide range of radical geographic concerns…

Antipode, Volume 45, Number 2

Locating Neoliberalism in Dubai: Migrant Workers and Class Struggle in the Autocratic City by Michelle Buckley

Commercialising Nature: Mangrove Conservation and Female Oyster Collectors in The Gambia by Britt Crow and Judith Carney

WikiLeaks, Anarchism, and Technologies of Dissent by Giorel Curran and Morgan Gibson

Governing Future Radicals in Europe by Marieke de Goede and Stephanie Simon

From Homo economicus to Complex Subjectivities: Reconceptualising Farmers as Pesticide Users by Ryan E. Galt

Terra Economica: Waste and the Production of Enclosed Nature by Jesse Goldstein

Diamond Mining in Canada’s Northwest Territories: A Colonial Continuity by Rebecca Hall

Regularising Extraction in Andean Peru: Mining and Social Mobilisation in an Age of Corporate Social Responsibility by Matthew Himley

Environmental Justice Storytelling: Angels and Isotopes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada by Donna Houston

After the Exception: HIV/AIDS Beyond Salvation and Scarcity by Alan Ingram

Gender, Risk, and Micro-financial Subjectivities by Kate Maclean

Ways In and Out of Vulnerability to Climate Change: Abandoning the Mubarak Project in the Northern Nile Delta, Egypt by Andreas Malm and Shora Esmailian

The US Debtfare State and the Credit Card Industry: Forging Spaces of Dispossession by Susanne Soederberg

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Here we have the author of the first paper, the University of Oxford’s Michelle Buckley, talking about her contribution. ‘Locating Neoliberalism in Dubai: Migrant Workers and Class Struggle in the Autocratic City‘ interrogates portrayals of neoliberalism in Dubai (narratives about the hyper-exploitation of migrant workers in the city), exploring the governance of lower-waged construction migrants and their recent role in market-led processes of urbanisation. Through a focus on the recent growth of private worker welfare initiatives and dozens of illegal labour strikes led by migrant builders, Michelle draws attention to the fraught and contradictory character of autocratic neoliberalism that operates in the governance of these workers, and points to workers’ ‘bodily capital’ and the construction labour camp as two emergent sites in which these labour politics are unfolding. She argues that these social reproductive realms of the body and the mass-worker household have offered a temporary ‘spatial fix’ to the limitations of autocratic rule in a neoliberalising city, while also conjuring moments of political possibility for construction migrants.

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