A preview of Antipode 45(5) and video abstract – 'Labour Control in the Tobacco Agro-spaces'

The last issue of this year’s volume goes to the publishers this week.  Antipode 45(5) opens with Tom Perreault looking at mining, water, and the nature of enclosure in Bolivia, before moving on to two papers on labour – Robert Bridi considers the control of migrant labour in the Canadian tobacco industry, while Sam Scott casts light on migrant labour and the ‘spatial fix’ in the UK food industry.

Daanish Mustafa and colleagues use the work of Hannah Arendt in their examination of political violence in Pakistan and what it means for the public sphere and space, and Jacques Rancière’s work is put to work in Derek Ruez’s exploration of US struggles over place and the conditions of community membership.  Laura Beth Bugg’s paper turns to debates of the citizenship and belonging of migrant religious groups in Australia, while Hyun Bang Shin’s analyses property rights activism in China and discussions of ‘the right to the city’.

Up next we’ve two papers on state rescaling – one from Andy Clarno on ‘white space’ in post-apartheid South Africa, and another from Daniel Coq-Huelva on urban entrepreneurialism and financialisation processes in Spain.  Development is anatomised in papers by Andrew McGregor and colleagues and Hae-Yung Song:  the former examine the relationships between the New Zealand government and NGOs during a moment of policy change from ‘poverty alleviation’ to ‘sustainable economic development’;  the latter explores Marxist critiques of the ‘developmental’ state and the fetishism of national development.

Three papers on neoliberalism follow:  John Lauermann and Mark Davidson propose a set of analytical tools to interpret links between particular projects and homogenising neoliberal practices;  Suzanne Mills and Tyler McCreary outline the political consequences of the neoliberal institutionalisation of First Nations empowerment for public sector unions and workers in Canada;  and Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola traces the development of neoliberal border management in Finland and the Schengen area.  The issue closes with Federico Ferretti’s case for a reading of Élisée Reclus’ Nouvelle Géographie Universelle as a radical resource for those seeking to construct a critical discourse on Europe, otherness, and colonialism.

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Here, York University geographer Robert Bridi talks about his paper, ‘Labour Control in the Tobacco Agro-spaces: Migrant Agricultural Workers in South-Western Ontario’. More video abstracts introducing papers from Antipode 45(5) will follow in the coming weeks.

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