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Louise Amoore

1 Globalisation, restructuring and the flexibility discourse Industrialisation characteristically redesigns and reshapes its human raw materials, whatever the source … The development of an industrial workforce necessarily involves the destruction of old ways of life and work and the acceptance of the new imperatives of the industrial work place and work community. (Kerr et al., 1962: 193) Industries and firms almost everywhere are said to be leaving behind the old, tired, boring, inefficient, staid past and entering into the new, highly efficient, diverse

in Globalisation contested
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Louise Amoore

6 Introduction T he mood is shifting in the contemporary globalisation debate. Only a few years ago, talk of the contested and politicised nature of globalisation would have met with scepticism from those who emphasise the sheer economic power of globalising forces. The orthodox popular and academic representations of globalisation have for several decades sustained the image of a powerful economic and technological bulldozer that effortlessly shovels up states and societies. The very discourse of the ‘competition state’ (Cerny, 1990) effectively sanitised

in Globalisation contested
Małgorzata Jakimów

these questions, by using a concept of ‘space’ as a common issue uniting these types of claims. I understand space and its conceptual relationship to the city in two ways: figurative and material. In the figurative, ‘inner’ sense, space pervades the dominant citizenship discourse, and is internalised by migrant workers. In the material, or ‘outer’ sense, space relates to the material expression of citizenship exclusion from the city's resources and rights of urban citizenship. This chapter is particularly concerned with the former meaning of space: the migrant

in China’s citizenship challenge
Ethnic minorities and localities in China’s border encounters with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam
Victor Konrad and Zhiding Hu

punctuates the significance and heritage of border locality. The performance situates inhabitants of both Hekou and Lao Cai in border space and time although an increasing number of border-crossers between Kunming and Hanoi now bypass the traditional port, and governments of both China and Vietnam are separating informal, local and international crossings and discourses. The government of China is actively scaling the border between Vietnam and China by separating the national and the local, designating national and local goods and services, and differentiating national

in Border images, border narratives
Considerations and consequences
Thomas Sutherland

utterly commonplace – even banal – to the extent that to critique it might seem pedantic. But in fact what we face is a discourse, especially in relation to the processes of globalisation, that takes flow to be a natural and unproblematic way of describing the 176 (In)formalising temporalities and mobilities of digital, networked capitalism. I wish to challenge this, demonstrating that flow is not simply a neutral category, but rather, is a historically contingent mode of representation and givenness. Luc Boltanski and Ève Chiapello (2007: 143) describe it as, ‘an

in Time for mapping
A genealogical enquiry
Małgorzata Jakimów

urban belonging and citizenship in China. This chapter presents a genealogical enquiry into how rural migrant workers have played such an important role in the shaping of citizenship in China. As discussed in the introduction, in China, the story of migrant workers’ citizenship has been predominantly told in relation to the hukou system and the suzhi discourse. Yet in order to fully grasp the role of migrant workers in citizenship formulation and contestation, it is necessary to go beyond these two aspects, and look at how both discursive and

in China’s citizenship challenge
Tim Robinson as narrative scholar
Christine Cusick

off of a seagull. All experience, bodily or mental, becomes the matter of a book.’5 Robinson’s choice of the word ‘learner’ embodies the ethos of his approach. Stepping gently, with curiosity, and in this movement recognising the layers of human experience, his perception and access to understanding is part intellect and part sensory, both of the same whole. Within the context of academic discourse, Robinson’s response articulates what some may identify as a fundamental paradigm shift of an academic discourse, a shift that creates space for personal narrative. Such

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Alireza F. Farahani and Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani

Introduction Doing development work and being reflective is a frustrating and confusing matter. Every decision in the field or in policy circles, or in interaction with academics, can be extremely challenging. If you have been through a rigorous critical education and you still want to do something to improve the material living conditions for people who have not benefited or have been harmed by prevailing development discourses, policies and practices, you are faced with dilemmas. If the desire to make a difference was missing, it would be easy to find an

in The power of pragmatism
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Images and narratives on the border
Jopi Nyman and Johan Schimanski

directions (174). He thus evokes a narrative of border-crossing. This book explores both images and narratives as integral parts of bordering processes and border-crossings as they impact on our world. Borderlands – experienced by their inhabitants amongst others – and border-crossings – such as those carried out by migrants – are present both in public discourse and in more private, everyday experience. As they are mediated through various stories, photographs, films and other forms, narratives and images are part of the borderscapes in which

in Border images, border narratives
The restructuring of work in Germany
Louise Amoore

-globalisation relationship, the interventions that are discussed, proposed and implemented do not follow the deterministic logic of a global imperative of flexibility. Rather, they are paradoxical, convoluted and highly contradictory, displaying some affinity with hyperflexibility, Amoore_Global_05_Ch4 94 6/19/02, 12:22 PM Producing flexi-corporatism: work in Germany 95 yet also much that is anathema to that deregulatory and individualist schema. In the contemporary remaking of Modell Deutschland, a central role has been played by the neo-liberal discourse that calls the

in Globalisation contested