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Torsten Feys

The importance of passenger transport companies to facilitating mass migration have generally been acknowledged. Their paradoxal role as obstructers of the same, being an integral part of our modern day border enforcement system, has received much less attention. This article analyses the use of transport companies by states to monitor and restrict migration. It focuses on the recent historiography of the role of shipping companies in regulating migratory movements during the long nineteenth century. It stresses the importance of acknowledging the influence that transport companies had on the enactment, enforcement, and evasion of human mobility controls in future research.

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The “Missing Link”

Space, Race, and Transoceanic Ties in the Settler-Colonial Pacific

Frances Steel

The inauguration of a steamship route between Canada and Australia, described as the “missing link,” was envisaged to complete Britain's imperial circuit of the globe. This article examines the early proposals and projects for a service between Vancouver and Sydney, which finally commenced in 1893. The route was more than a means of physically bridging the gulf between Canada and Australia. Serving as a conduit for ideologies and expectations, it became a key element of aspirations to reconfigure the Pacific as a natural domain for the extension of settler-colonial power and influence. In centering the “white” Pacific and relations between white colonies in empire, the route's early history, although one of friction and contestation, offers new insights into settler-colonial mobilities beyond dominant themes of metropole–colony migration.

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Who cares about the cargo?

Container economies in a European transshipment port

Hege Høyer Leivestad

shipping containers. Joining a group of workers gathered at the docks, we were now witnessing how one of Sergio's colleagues, a docker foreman, vocalized his frustration toward one of the terminal company employees. From the office building behind us where

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An Inconvenient Expertise

French Colonial Sailors and Technological Knowledge in the Union Française

Minayo Nasiali

France's largest cargo companies. But when he disembarked in Marseille, he found himself stranded for over two years. No shipping company would hire him. Following World War II, major changes in international shipping saw new technologies transform entire

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Hege Høyer Leivestad and Johanna Markkula

In 2016, shockwaves went through the shipping industry as the news was announced that the world's seventh largest shipping company, South Korean Hanjin Shipping, had lost its financial support. The fall of Hanjin Shipping had, as The Guardian

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Building ships while breaking apart

Container economies and the limits of chaebol capitalism

Elisabeth Schober

The center of gravity of the maritime industry has progressively moved eastward over recent decades. South Korea is today a giant in both shipping and shipbuilding, but due to increased competition from China, its largely family

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Alessandro Jedlowski

by a specific transport technology (the shipping container) and by the cargo concealed in it within this process. By focusing on an attempted, rather than achieved, return, this article argues, together with some recent scholarship on migration, 14

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Repetitions of Desire

Queering the One Direction Fangirl

Hannah McCann and Clare Southerton

shipping practices have taken on a new framing, with media describing Larries as “truthers” or “conspirators” ( Romano 2016 : n.p.; Romanoff 2018: n.p. ). As a 2018 article on Australian pop culture website Junkee argued, Larries should be a concern to

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Roll Out the Barrel

French and Algerian Ports and the Birth of the Wine Tanker

Owen White

since the Great War. As Michael Miller has shown, the interwar years saw shipping companies demonstrate some creativity in their quest for profit by customizing ships to serve distinct purposes. (As examples Miller cites the special fleet that the Le

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Jon Schubert

destination is, barring transshipment and cabotage, not only a physical port but most often also a port of entry into a national territory. For goods to move across the sea, someone has to order them, pay for their shipping, and receive them. However, to