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An international political economy of work

6 Conclusion: an international political economy of work I n the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, we are living in an era of social transformation that has been defined by the concept of globalisation, just as it has been shaped by programmes of restructuring carried out in the name of globalisation. Yet, our era is also one in which people’s concrete experiences of transformation are diverse and contradictory. While for some, living in a GPE means holding and managing a portfolio of shares, business travel for a MNC, and increased prosperity

in Globalisation contested
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Holloway 2001). The politics of cyberspace is of importance both for the future use of computer-mediated communication1 (CMC) and within traditional political arenas, commerce and society itself. As illustrated with the J18 protests, the incorporation by political activists of CMC within their repertoire will 2 Cyberprotest influence not only their own campaigning abilities, but the responses required by governments and security forces. Technological changes in communication have long been recognised as important to the development of cohesion between dispersed

in Cyberprotest
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A new politics of protest?

7 Cyberprotest: a new politics of protest? Protest movements are continually appropriating new technologies. The telephone, stills camera, video camera, mobile phone and fax machine have all been utilised (Harding 1997). In many ways CMC is simply one more addition to this list. The question at the heart of this book, however, is whether the ways in which CMC is being utilised enable fundamental changes in the way environmentalists organise themselves, the tactics they develop and even the influence and success they can achieve. In The Internet Galaxy (2001

in Cyberprotest
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Unheard voices and invisible agency

and invisible.1 Not only does this invisibility produce a serious deficit in our understandings of the dynamics of global change, but it also causes us to avert our eyes from the very sites where work and political contestation is taking place in the global political economy. As MNCs increasingly outsource their production and services, they become fractured into loosely connected sites, many of them employing unprotected and precarious workers. The programmes of restructuring in the advanced industrialised countries (AICs), whether ‘hyperflexible’ or ‘flexi

in Globalisation contested
Securing or denying minorities’ right to the city?

community development projects, casting those who are unable to participate as undeserving of citizenship rights (Ghose and Pettygrove, 2014). While sufficient research on community gardening and its relevance to civil society –​especially within the current market-​driven political-​ economic condition  –​exists, the subtle similarities and differences between the extensively explored US (and to some extent UK) experience and that from the rest of the global North is only beginning to unfold as more scholars focus on these issues in the European State context (Certomà et

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
Communities and collaboration along the Irish border

4 Raising the emerald curtain: communities and collaboration along the Irish border Caroline Creamer and Brendan O’Keeffe Up until the early 1990s, areas adjacent to the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland were synonymous with ethno-nationalist tensions and socio-economic decline. The descent of the ‘emerald curtain’,1 with the partition of the island of Ireland in 1921, divided communities politically and economically but had a limited impact on social and cultural interactions. From the late 1960s, however, political agitation following

in Spacing Ireland
Reading Tim Robinson through Gluaiseacht Chearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta

‘although I have the highest respect for them and their work, an account of my relationship with the Gluaiseacht folk would make an extremely short chapter!’ He told me, basically, that his connections to the Irish language were to be found elsewhere; he pointed to his early attempts to learn the language,1 translation projects he’s presently involved in, and so on.2 He acknowledged that he knew the key organisers – Seosamh Ó Cuaig, Bob Quinn, Donncha Ó hÉallaithe – but in a way that was more friendly than political. ‘I’m no good at committees and could not have added a

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Landscape, mobility and politics after the crash

5 Reading the Irish motorway: landscape, mobility and politics after the crash Denis Linehan During the boom, Ireland went on the move. The country became a commuter state. In this time, the Red Cow Roundabout became as famous as the Rock of Cashel. The stage on which this motion ultimately played out was the new motorway network. This billion-euro infrastructure ripples with ideology, power and culture – and is one of the defining landscapes of the new Ireland. Like the rapid expansion of housing, the Irish motorway network absorbed vast amounts of capital

in Spacing Ireland

the contradictions of the human world – geology, biology, personal history, myth, politics – into ‘a state of consciousness even fleetingly worthy of its ground’. He proposes that such a synthesis would not be just a work of art, but a step beyond: ‘it would be like a reading of that work’. ‘Impossible,’ he says. And yet it is precisely this aesthetic and ecological experiment that drives both volumes of Stones of Aran (Pilgrimage and Labyrinth).5 104 Kelly Sullivan Thus Robinson’s masterpiece of ecological prose, the Stones of Aran diptych, suggests failure at

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
A Capability Approach based analysis from the UK and Ireland

, however, limit opportunities for individual and collective freedoms in urban areas (Harvey, 1990). As wellbeing goals may be individually, socially and politically influenced, so too are the values and reasoning behind why individuals become involved in urban gardening activities. Such urban activity may enhance both the sustainable and just use of urban resources. In examining the opportunities and freedoms valued in engaging with urban gardening activity, one must look to the varying conceptions of freedom. Harvey (2005) writes of a lack of serious debate as to which

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice