Working the Spaces of Neoliberalism. Activism, Professionalisation and Incorporation. Antipode Book Series

  • ID: 2248910
  • Book
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Drawing on global research, this book argues that processes of professionalization form an integral part of the production of neoliberal spaces, with profound implications for political activism. It brings together original research from diverse contexts, including studies conducted in the Global South and the Global North, in order to enable key features of neoliberalisation to be understood more fully.

The book brings into focus tensions and connections between activism and processes of professionalisation in relation to neoliberalism. It illuminates links between the context of neoliberal restructuring and the ways in which professionalisation involves processes of representation, negotiation and embodiment as activism feeds into scaled up policy–making. In doing so, it elaborates how the spaces of neoliberalism are worked in two related senses: namely how neoliberalisation incorporates, co–opts, constrains and depletes activism; and how professional subjects inhabit and sometimes subvert the opportunities neoliberalisation opens up.

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Introduction
Liz Bondi and Nina Laurie 1

1 After Neoliberalism? Community Activism and Local Partnerships in Aotearoa New Zealand
Wendy Larner and David Craig 9

2 Authority and Expertise: The Professionalisation of International Development and the Ordering of Dissent
Uma Kothari 32

3 Dropping Out or Signing Up? The Professionalisation of Youth Travel
Kate Simpson 54

4 Ethnodevelopment: Social Movements, Creating Experts and Professionalising Indigenous Knowledge in Ecuador
Nina Laurie, Robert Andolina and Sarah Radcliffe 77

5 Working the Spaces of Neoliberal Subjectivity: Psychotherapeutic Technologies, Professionalisation and Counselling
Liz Bondi 104

6 Desiring Sameness? The Rise of a Neoliberal Politics ofNormalisation
Diane Richardson 122

7 Making Space for Neo–communitarianism ? The Third Sector, State and Civil Society in the UK
Nicholas R Fyfe 143

8 Caught in the Middle: The State, NGOs, and the Limits to Grassroots Organizing Along the US Mexico Border
Rebecca Dolhinow 164

9 The Experts Taught Us All We Know : Professionalisation and Knowledge in Nepalese Community Forestry
Andrea J Nightingale 186

Commentaries

10 Working the Spaces of Neoliberalism
Marcus Power 209

11 No Way Out? Incorporating and Restructuring the Voluntary Sector within Spaces of Neoliberalism
Katy Jenkins 216

12 Professional Geographies
Nicholas Blomley 222

13 Partners in Crime? Neoliberalism and the Production of New Political Subjectivities
Cindi Katz 227

Index 236

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"This is a compelling, timely and thought–provoking collection. It brings into contact a range of phenomena often considered in isolation, and subjects them to sustained critical–geographical exploration. The materials covered here cross worlds and scales – the Global South and the Global North; from the psychotherapist′s couch to ethnodevelopment in Ecuador – and thereby reveal the entangled spaces, roles and subjectivities of professionals and activists under neoliberalism. It is essential reading for any critical scholar concerned about the extending and mutating reach of neoliberalism."

Chris Philo, Professor of Geography, University of Glasgow

"If there is any lingering doubt that geographers need to think about how the local, the state, and the global are interconnected, it should be dispelled in this provocative and compelling collection, a fresh approach to the everywhere but elusive concept of neoliberalism. Challenging us to think about the broad ramifications for professionalism and local activism, these authors are determined to make a difference to the real lives of people engaged in working the spaces of neoliberalism as they re–write subjectivity, local knowlege, sexuality, democracy and political agency. We can definitely add another notch to our understanding of the world."

Audrey Kobayashi, Professor of Geography, Queen′s University, Ontario

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