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An international political economy of work
Author: Louise Amoore

Bringing fresh insights to the contemporary globalization debate, this text reveals the social and political contests that give ‘global’ its meaning, by examining the contested nature of globalization as it is expressed in the restructuring of work. The book rejects conventional explanations of globalization as a process that automatically leads to transformations in working lives, or as a project that is strategically designed to bring about lean and flexible forms of production, and advances an understanding of the social practices that constitute global change. Through case studies that span from the labour flexibility debates in Britain and Germany to the strategies and tactics of corporations and workers, it examines how globalization is interpreted and experienced in everyday life and argues that contestation has become a central feature of the practices that enable or confound global restructuring.

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Environmental justice and citizen science in a post-truth age
Editors: Thom Davies and Alice Mah

This book examines the relationship between environmental justice and citizen science, focusing on enduring issues and new challenges in a post-truth age. Debates over science, facts, and values have always been pivotal within environmental justice struggles. For decades, environmental justice activists have campaigned against the misuses of science, while at the same time engaging in community-led citizen science. However, post-truth politics has threatened science itself. This book makes the case for the importance of science, knowledge, and data that are produced by and for ordinary people living with environmental risks and hazards. The international, interdisciplinary contributions range from grassroots environmental justice struggles in American hog country and contaminated indigenous communities, to local environmental controversies in Spain and China, to questions about “knowledge justice,” citizenship, participation, and data in citizen science surrounding toxicity. The book features inspiring studies of community-based participatory environmental health and justice research; different ways of sensing, witnessing, and interpreting environmental injustice; political strategies for seeking environmental justice; and ways of expanding the concepts and forms of engagement of citizen science around the world. While the book will be of critical interest to specialists in social and environmental sciences, it will also be accessible to graduate and postgraduate audiences. More broadly, the book will appeal to members of the public interested in social justice issues, as well as community members who are thinking about participating in citizen science and activism. Toxic Truths includes distinguished contributing authors in the field of environmental justice, alongside cutting-edge research from emerging scholars and community activists.

Dave Morland

-capitalists, capitalism, globalisation and trans-national corporations are the adversaries most regularly cited. Social anarchists target similar enemies. More importantly, both social anarchists and anti-capitalists stress that a cartography of power relations does not yield a map in which there is one dominant epicentre of power. Anti-capitalism and poststructuralist anarchism 25 Anarchists, old and new alike, insist that power relations saturate multiple networks and must be resisted accordingly. Arguments against hierarchy, inequality and against capitalism itself are abundant

in Changing anarchism
The case of air quality monitoring in a Spanish industrial area
Miguel A. López-Navarro

role that confrontation and conflict can play (Laasonen et al. 2012). One stream in the literature on business–NGO interaction is concerned with large multinational corporations that operate in multiple locations and generate negative externalities on a global scale (e.g., de Lange et al. 2016). However, a great deal of activism takes place at the local level, particularly on environmental DAVIES & MAH 9781526137029 PRINT.indd 182 08/06/2020 15:32 Legitimating confrontational discourses 183 issues. As Grant and Vasi (2017, 100) point out, “the strong local

in Toxic truths
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Rethinking anarchist strategies
James Bowen

fruitful, as argued elsewhere in this volume by Jamie Heckert (chapter 5), to pursue issue-based rather than identity-based political change. Likewise, in order to facilitate inclusiveness, it might well be the case that sometimes we have to adopt forms of action which are not ones we would ideally pursue, and to avoid alienating people with inappropriate ideas, rhetoric and tactics. For instance, socialisation and fear in Britain and Western Europe in recent years has led to often extremely hostile attitudes towards ‘asylum seekers’ which calls for considerable

in Changing anarchism
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Monstrous markets – neo-liberalism, populism and the demise of the public university
John Holmwood and Jan Balon

call the ‘eclipse of the public’ is a necessary consequence of the complexity of modern societies that increasingly requires organised expertise of various kinds. In consequence, ‘expert opinion’ would replace ‘public opinion’ and democracy would necessarily be attenuated. Lippmann anticipated that expert opinion would operate in conjunction with the state and economic corporations and, in effect, would be ‘coproduced’ by them. However, it is significant that Lippmann also prefigured what would become another part of the neo-liberal solution; namely, the shift of

in Science and the politics of openness
Reflections on contemporary anarchism, anti-capitalism and the international scene
Karen Goaman

meeting is heavily sealed off. The demonstration organises itself in different sections, identified by colours denoting the different tactics. For example, the Yellow section consists mainly of the Italian Tute Bianche and the Pink and Silver section consists of a samba band, then recently formed in London, with dancers and people mainly from Britain’s Earth First! and Reclaim the Streets network. One participant describes the Pink and Silver section as ‘like marching along the streets with the contents of your local nightclub crossed with It’s a Knockout and an anarcho

in Changing anarchism
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How anarchism still matters
Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen

a certain extent reproduced on a micro-sociological level, yet in some political cultures, such as those of large northern English cities, issues of tactics, joint participation in actions and the sharing of resources were much more complex (Purkis, 2001). This relationship of dialogue between different movement cultures – one anarchist, the other not – eventually resulted in the decentralist direct action politics of Earth First! and other radical environmental networks actually beginning to influence the direction of their more moderate counterparts. By the late

in Changing anarchism
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Orvar Löfgren and Barbara Czarniawska

understand some basic problems and potentialities – both in the lives of individuals and in corporations and public organizations. Surprisingly, there is still a lack of research in this field. (For an overview of earlier research, see Czarniawska and Löfgren, 2012.) In our project, we looked at the various shapes and forms of overflows, and the different functions they serve. It is a transdisciplinary research project, and its participants have explored a wide range of cases using a variety of field techniques. Our research team included management scholars, ethnologists

in Overwhelmed by overflows?
Jon Birger Skjærseth and Tora Skodvin

American Meteorological Society, 77: 9, September 1996, pp. 1961–6, where all the correspondence in The Wall Street Journal on this occasion is reprinted. For a more detailed account of this incident, see Skodvin, 2000b: 215–19. 21 E. Masood, ‘Climate report “subject to scientific cleansing”’, Nature, 381, 13 June 1996, p. 546. 22 E. Masood, ‘Companies cool to tactics of global warming lobby’, Nature, 383, 10 October 1996, p. 470. 23 Personal communication with Brian P. Flannery and Gary F. Ehlig, ExxonMobil Corporation, Irving, Texas, March 2000; Gerry Matthews, Shell

in Climate change and the oil industry