Video abstract – “Generating Confusion, Concern, and Precarity through the Right to Rent Scheme in Scotland” – and two new issues

Looking forward to 2018 and Antipode’s 50th volume, we’ve got some brilliant papers coming out. We’ll get to the first and second issues below; first up there’s Issue 3, which will be out in June. As well as a powerful ten-paper symposium, “Mediterranean Movements: Mobility Struggles, Border Restructuring, and the Humanitarian Frontier” organised by Glenda Garelli, Alessandra Sciurba and Martina Tazzioli, and including contributions from Sandro Mezzadra and Toni Negri and Étienne Balibar and Nicholas De Genova, there will be essays on global commodity chains and small cocoa producers in Ecuador, social media contestations of racialised violence in Brazil, and race and class in Philadelphia’s solidarity economy.

It will also feature Sharon Leahy, Kim McKee and Joe Crawford’s fine article, “Generating Confusion, Concern, and Precarity through the Right to Rent Scheme in Scotland”:

The Immigration Act 2016 has heralded an era of amplified Government intervention into day-to-day life, placing increased responsibility for border protection on UK citizens. Using interviews with representatives from the field of housing in Scotland, this paper examines one specific aspect of the Immigration Act 2016, the Right to Rent scheme. We investigate how the Right to Rent creates a precarious environment for all those who may appear to be non-UK citizens. We argue that it may endorse senses of fantasy citizenship to inculcate people into acting on behalf of the state and is a driver for further division in society. Scotland provides a particularly interesting case study, as housing is a devolved power, but immigration is not. This creates an additional layer of tension in our interview data, as housing organisations are faced with a set of conditions imposed from Westminster, infringing on a field that Scotland has self-determined for some time. Our interviews illustrate the level of confusion around the scheme, the fact that it is increasing criminalisation in the housing sector, and stresses that the scheme is offloading state responsibility for border protection.

Here Joe introduces the paper, which should speak to scholars and activists alike. Housing, precarity, citizenship – what could be more timely and pressing?! With his co-authors Sharon and Kim, Joe works at the Centre for Housing Research at University of St Andrews. All three teach in the University’s School of Geography & Sustainable Development, and you can read more about their research here, here and here.

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Issues 1 and 2 of Antipode are currently with our publishers, shaping up nicely. The print versions will be available in January and March 2018 respectively, but you can read all the papers online now…

Antipode, Volume 50, Number 1

The 2015 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture – “Where every breeze speaks of courage and liberty”: Offshore Humanism and Marine Xenology, or, Racism and the Problem of Critique at Sea Level

Paul Gilroy

The 2016 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture – The Urban Majority and Provisional Recompositions in Yangon

AbdouMaliq Simone

“Our Tarkine, Our Future”: The Australian Workers Union Use of Narratives Around Place and Community in West and North West Tasmania, Australia

Ruth Barton

Political Ecologies of Global Health: Pesticide Exposure in Southwestern Ecuador’s Banana Industry

Ben Wesley Brisbois, Leila Harris and Jerry Spiegel

Keep Burning Coal or the Manatee Gets It: Rendering the Carbon Economy Invisible through Endangered Species Protection

John Carr and Tema Milstein

Intergenerational Inequality? Labour, Capital, and Housing Through the Ages

Brett Christophers

Producing Victimhood: Landmines, Reparations, and Law in Colombia

Max Counter

Dispossession and the Depletion of Social Reproduction

Bina Fernandez

A Hostile Takeover of Nature? Placing Value in Conservation Finance

Kelly Kay

Equation and Adequation: The World Traced by the Phillips Curve

Geoff Mann

Building More Inclusive Solidarities for Socio-Environmental Change: Lessons in Resistance from Southern Appalachia

Jennifer Rice and Brian Burke

Potemkin Revolution: Utopian Jungle Cities of 21st Century Socialism

Japhy Wilson and Manuel Bayón

Politics of the Anthropocene: Formation of the Commons as a Geologic Process

Kathryn Yusoff

Antipode, Volume 50, Number 2

Space, Social Relations, and Contestation: Transformative Peacebuilding and World Social Forum Climate Spaces

Karen Buckley

Environmental Justice Meets Risk-Class: The Relational Distribution of Environmental Bads

Dean Curran

Beyond the Right to the City: Territorial Autogestion and the Take over the City Movement in 1970s Italy

Neil Gray

The Abstraction of Care: What Work Counts?

Caitlin Henry

Environmentality on the Canadian Prairies: Settler-Farmer Subjectivities and Agri-Environmental Objects

Julia Laforge and Stéphane McLachlan

Hijacking the Narrative: The First World Forum on Natural Capital, #natcap13, and Radical Dissent

Brett Matulis and Jessica Moyer

“We will not perish; we’re going to keep flourishing”: Race, Food Access, and Geographies of Self-Reliance

Ashanté Reese

Militarized Capitalism? The Apparel Industry’s Role in Scripting a Post-War National Identity in Sri Lanka

Kanchana Ruwanpura

Symposium: The Occupation of Spaces for Radical Struggles in Italy – Introduction

Pierpaolo Mudu

From Contention to Co-governance: The Case of the Right to Inhabit Movement in Rome (2000-2013)

Alejandro Sehtman

Territories of Struggle: Social Centres in Northern Italy Opposing Mega-Events

Anna Casaglia

Squatting Social Centres in a Sicilian City: Liberated Spaces and Urban Protest Actors

Gianni Piazza

Social Centers in Southern Italy: The Caserta Ex-Canapificio Between Illegality, Migration, and Rurality

Romain Filhol

Radical Urban Horticulture For Food Autonomy: Beyond the Community Gardens Experience

Pierpaolo Mudu and Alessia Marini