This book brings together a number of contributions that look into the political regulation of movement and analyses that engage the material enablers of and constraints on such movement. It attempts to bridge theoretical perspectives from critical security studies and political geography in order to provide a more comprehensive perspective on security and mobility. In this vein, the book brings together approaches to mobility that take into account both techniques and practices of regulating movement, as well as their underlying infrastructures. Together the contributions inquire into a politics of movement that lies at the core of the production of security. Drawing on the insight that security is a contingent concept that hinges on the social construction of threat – which in turn must be understood through its political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions – the contributors offer fine-grained perspectives on a presumably mobile and insecure world. The title of the book, Security/Mobility, is a direct reference to this world that at times appears dominated by these two paradigms. As is shown throughout the book, rather than being opposed to each other, a great deal of political effort is undertaken in order to reconcile the need for security and the necessity of mobility. Running through the book is the view that security and mobility are entangled in a constant dynamic – a dynamic that converges in what is conceptualised here as a politics of movement.
THE BEGINNING of the twenty-first century, across the social sciences
and humanities there has been a widespread and increasing interest in
issues of mobility. In many respects, what is referred to as the
‘new mobilities paradigm’ is an endeavour that critical
security scholars should engage with even further. This book is one step
down this road. In further pursuit
discuss data as an
entity which can be described by its circulation. Circulation allows us
to conceptualise the broad systems of flow that characterise the life of
data in the FRS. The movement of data, secondly, is cast as one that is
mobilised. Mobility brings into play how the flow of data is structured
according to different interventions made, for instance, by data export
functions or human operators
The case of community initiatives promoting cycling and walking in São Paulo and London
Tim Schwanen and Denver V. Nixon
quantitative analysis of subjectively experienced wellbeing can offer adequate insight into the collective dimensions of wellbeing in the city, and into the ways in which differences in wellbeing between people in a city or between different moments in a given person’s life emerge and unfold.
In this chapter, we therefore engage with different traditions of conceptualising and examining wellbeing to understand some of the relationships between everyday mobility and wellbeing in deeply unequal cities with a specific focus on disadvantaged social groups. A version of the
Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city examines how urban health and wellbeing are shaped by migration, mobility, racism, sanitation and gender. Adopting a global focus, spanning Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the essays in this volume bring together a wide selection of voices that explore the interface between social, medical and natural sciences. This interdisciplinary approach, moving beyond traditional approaches to urban research, offers a unique perspective on today’s cities and the challenges they face. Edited by Professor Michael Keith and Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos, this volume also features contributions from leading thinkers on cities in Brazil, China, South Africa and the United Kingdom. This geographic diversity is matched by the breadth of their different fields, from mental health and gendered violence to sanitation and food systems. Together, they present a complex yet connected vision of a ‘new biopolitics’ in today’s metropolis, one that requires an innovative approach to urban scholarship regardless of geography or discipline. This volume, featuring chapters from a number of renowned authors including the former deputy mayor of Rio de Janeiro Luiz Eduardo Soares, is an important resource for anyone seeking to better understand the dynamics of urban change. With its focus on the everyday realities of urban living, from health services to public transport, it contains valuable lessons for academics, policy makers and practitioners alike.
A Model for Historical Reflection in the Humanitarian Sector
Kevin O’Sullivan and Réiseal Ní Chéilleachair
Borton and Davey,
2015 ). High rates of staff mobility significantly impact the development
of institutional memory ( Korff et
al. , 2015 ). This, in turn, leads to an overemphasis on
contemporary events to guide reflection. As John Borton put it, ‘such is the
degree of ahistoricism within much of the sector that initiatives aimed at fostering
improved practice tend to only reference recent practice’ ( Borton, 2016 : 195).
of work has increased.
This includes the growth of insecure, poorly paid temporary work and marginal forms of
self-employment ( TUC, 2017 ). Wages have stagnated,
and social mobility stalled. Moreover, it is widely accepted that today’s young no longer
enjoy the life chances of their parents ( Corlett,
2017 ). Given this downturn, living the dream has meant a massive expansion of debt
financing ( Streeck, 2017 ).
The acceleration of economic informality in the global South has been matched by the
residualisation of market protection
. Harrell-Bond (1992 : 211–12) provides
a two-point explanation as to why this is the case. First, she explains that
‘refugee survival usually depends on mobility, either for employment,
households’ dependent on remittances, and for more basic forms of
self-sufficiency which involve living off the land – all of which resist
census taking’. Second, refugees will manipulate assistance systems. For
example, ‘false registration of family members who are temporarily or
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Middle-Aged Syrian Women’s Contributions to Family Livelihoods
during Protracted Displacement in Jordan
Dina Sidhva, Ann-Christin Zuntz, Ruba al Akash, Ayat Nashwan, and Areej Al-Majali
part of a wider mobility
experience that also involves NGO trainings, small-scale home-based entrepreneurship
and new female friends.
Matchmakers and Matriarchs
Older women’s greater freedom of movement has helped them establish support
networks with their neighbours, fellow refugees and NGO workers. During the
individual interviews, mothers in their early twenties were usually alone at home or
in the company of their mothers-in-law. By