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Digital photography and cartography in Wolfgang Weileder’s Atlas

left to the elements. Over time, the human scaled-models became battered, crumpled and damp. Some were removed, others left slumped around the city, their cardboard Beaux-Arts pillars buckling under the effects of both time and bad weather (see Figure 5.13). In its conjunction of two very different architectures – the symbolic power of a vast building constructed to house and distribute justice, and the humanscaled, fragile and vulnerable cover for a sheltering body – Res Publica posed pointed questions about the nature of justice and freedom in a Western society in

in Time for mapping
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The restructuring of work and production in the international political economy

own bargaining arrangements. As Werner Stumpfe, President of the leading engineering employers organisation ‘Gesamtmetall’ reports ‘companies feel straightjacketed by the present agreements and want room to manoeuvre’. The question of the vulnerability of ‘bargain bound’ German firms to international competition from ‘footloose’ Anglo-American businesses remains a significant feature of the debate within German firms. Focusing on the restructuring of work in British firms, the relationships between employer and employee are bound up with an intensified emphasis on

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their practitioners are always provisional, subject and vulnerable to ongoing modification and change. The topology of mapping is therefore not the preserve of mental cognitive processes, but a distributed set of bodily, way-finding (dis)orienting performances; a cartography for moving spaces. To speak of vernacular mapping is to shake off the ‘geometric habits that reiterate the worlds as a single grid-like surface open to the inscription of theoretical claims or uni-versal designs’ (Whatmore, 2002: 6), and is instead to diagram a vibrant cartography that is

in Time for mapping
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Unheard voices and invisible agency

ILO, Richard Hyman captures the ‘gap’ between the image of a homogeneous labour internationalism, and the concrete experiences of different worker groups: It is evident that the traditional core constituency of trade union membership has dwindled, while there has been expansion at two extremes: those with professional or technical skills who may feel confident of their individual capacity to survive in the labour market; and those with no such resources but whose very vulnerability makes effective collective organization and action to achieve or perhaps even

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A trialogue

-based, in that they yield experiences that are discontinuous, fragmentary and episodic. Smell is open to conditions that affect its own temporality. But when smell is a subject, its temporalities are bound to human perception and recollection, to the messiness and vagueness of association and memory. As an object (a superlight molecular structure), smell is vulnerable to air movements and subsequent volatilisation. As a subject, the complexity and messiness increase according to genetic predisposition, prior experience and hedonic ratings. Sticky memories and teaching

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The restructuring of work in Britain

effectively attempts to close off restructuring from wider social discussion or debate, or to manage this through exercises in corporate social responsibility. It is this ‘closing off ’ that paradoxically renders hyperflexibility fragile, and offers space for the framing of resistance or the consideration of alternatives. The vulnerability of the ‘fast but fragile’ programme has been manifested, for example, in a skills shortage and productivity problem (OECD, 2000), and in the high-profile exit of inward investor firms. These questions have been debated publicly, with

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The restructuring of work in Germany

on the fragmentary effects of global restructuring foretells something of the future challenges of the German programme. For the invisible and obscured workers in the informal economy, care and domestic services, the former East, and other vulnerable groups, the terms, time-frame and terrain of the restructuring debate are anathema. The terms of the ‘Standortdebatte’ apply only to those who are directly engaged in core financial and manufacturing businesses, the time-frame is much faster and less secure for unprotected workers and the corporatist terrain is

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