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Is There Really No Place Like Home?
Marco Cucco

The outsourcing of film shoots has long been adopted by US producers to cut costs and improve box-office performance. According to the academic literature, outsourcing is exploited mainly for low- and middle-budget films, but this article aims to demonstrate that blockbusters are also migrating towards other states and countries to take part in an even more competitive film location market. It investigates 165 blockbusters released between 2003 and 2013. The collected data show that blockbuster shoots are not an exclusive to California, but are re-drawing the map of film production in favour of an even more polycentric and polyglot audiovisual panorama.

Film Studies
Regeneration meets the Private Finance Initiative
Stuart Hodkinson

2 Outsourcing on steroids: regeneration meets the Private Finance Initiative Following the Grenfell disaster, an astonishing revelation was made by the London Metropolitan Police Service: it had identified at least 60 companies and bodies involved in the tower’s 2014–16 refurbishment, part of a total of 383 organisations connected with its original construction or subsequent management and maintenance.1 This scale of splintered governance is indicative of what has happened to public housing under decades of privatisation and demunicipalisation. This chapter

in Safe as houses
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Distance, deferral, and immunity in the urban governance of refugees
Jonathan Darling

the entire social organism to explode or implode.’ In the remaining parts of this chapter, I want to develop the implications of this argument for understanding how distance and deferral are employed as immunological tools in the governance of those seeking refuge. Externalisation, off-shoring, out-sourcing In exploring the immunitary biopolitics of contemporary refuge, we might turn first to recent work that has highlighted the use of extraterritorial spaces as tools in the interdiction of refugees (Collyer and King, 2015

in Displacement
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Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell

As the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017 has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing and deregulation, and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers. Stuart Hodkinson has those answers. Safe as Houses weaves together Stuart’s research over the last decade with residents’ groups in council regeneration projects across London to provide the first comprehensive account of how Grenfell happened and how it could easily have happened in multiple locations across the country. It draws on examples of unsafe housing either refurbished or built by private companies under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to show both the terrible human consequences of outsourcing and deregulation and how the PFI has enabled developers, banks and investors to profiteer from highly lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts. The book also provides shocking testimonies of how councils and other public bodies have continuously sided with their private partners, doing everything in their power to ignore, deflect and even silence those who speak out. The book concludes that the only way to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision is to end the disastrous regime of self-regulation. This means strengthening safety laws, creating new enforcement agencies independent of government and industry, and replacing PFI and similar models of outsourcing with a new model of public housing that treats the provision of shelter as ‘a social service’ democratically accountable to its residents.

Hakim Khaldi

of the PKK, created in 2003. This outsourcing was strategic: it displeased Turkey which was not only supporting the rebels, but saw the PKK as its long-standing enemy. Moreover, it allowed the Syrian government to concentrate its armed forces on other fronts. There were conditions attached to this understanding between the Syrian government and the local embodiment of the PKK (PYD/YPG). The PYD was not to provide any assistance to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and was

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Megan Daigle, Sarah Martin, and Henri Myrttinen

Sex (and Other Desperate Measures) ( London : Ebury Press ). Chisholm , A. ( 2016 ), ‘ The Culture of Whiteness in Private Security ’, in C. Kinsey and J. Berndtsson (eds), Routledge Research Companion in Security Outsourcing ( London

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Implications for jobs and inequality
Rosemary Batt and Eileen Appelbaum

Networked organisation: implications for jobs and inequality 4 The networked organisation: implications for jobs and inequality Rosemary Batt and Eileen Appelbaum Introduction The vertical integration of production into large hierarchical firms was a dominant organisational form during the twentieth century. Since the 1980s, however, firms have increasingly decentralised production to networks of subcontractors. Organisational boundaries have become blurred, work processes have been fragmented, and new forms of inter-firm contracting and outsourcing of work

in Making work more equal
The Foundation Economy Collective

privatisation, corporatisation, outsourcing and other forms of ‘restructuring’. These actions collectively represent a financial re-engineering of the foundational, which inserts new claims and priorities, while also reorganising and undermining these social and material infrastructures. For this purpose, we turn to ‘follow-the-money’ analysis. In popular usage, ‘follow the money’ is narrowly associated with the uncovering of lawbreaking and crime. In the 1976 Watergate movie, Deep Throat tells the Washington Post reporter to ‘follow the money’ if he wants to understand the

in Foundational economy

The well-being of Europe’s citizens depends less on individual consumption and more on their social consumption of essential goods and services – from water and retail banking to schools and care homes – in what we call the foundational economy. Individual consumption depends on market income, while foundational consumption depends on social infrastructure and delivery systems of networks and branches, which are neither created nor renewed automatically, even as incomes increase. This historically created foundational economy has been wrecked in the last generation by privatisation, outsourcing, franchising and the widespread penetration of opportunistic and predatory business models. The distinctive, primary role of public policy should therefore be to secure the supply of basic services for all citizens (not a quantum of economic growth and jobs). Reconstructing the foundational has to start with a vision of citizenship that identifies foundational entitlements as the conditions for dignified human development, and likewise has to depend on treating the business enterprises central to the foundational economy as juridical persons with claims to entitlements but also with responsibilities and duties. If the aim is citizen well-being and flourishing for the many not the few, then European politics at regional, national and EU level needs to be refocused on foundational consumption and securing universal minimum access and quality. If/when government is unresponsive, the impetus for change has to come from engaging citizens locally and regionally in actions which break with the top down politics of ‘vote for us and we will do this for you’.

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Grenfell and the return of ‘social murder’
Stuart Hodkinson

the Bank of Scotland – had to be closed following the partial collapse of a wall at a primary school. Construction defects were later found in an additional 80 PFI schools in Scotland.12 Social murder As this book will reveal through damning evidence from other botched public housing regeneration schemes in England under SAH.indb 4 30/01/2019 12:44:48 Introduction: Grenfell and the return of ‘social murder’ 5 similar outsourcing arrangements, the Grenfell disaster was neither an accident nor a one-off event but instead an act of what German industrialist and

in Safe as houses