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Legal responsibility in an entangled world

Julia Eckert and Laura Knöpfel

Harm in the context of global capitalism is locally felt but transnational in the process of its production. In this special issue, we turn to struggles for corporate accountability to trace possible means of attributing responsibility in ways

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‘Being TED’

The university intellectual as globalised neoliberal consumer self

Wesley Shumar

academic identity formation. Academic identity and global capitalism In recent years, there has been an increased interest in academics and their identity formation. This is especially the case as neoliberal and new managerial policies are having a

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Containing mobilities

Changing time and space of maritime labor

Johanna Markkula

“containing mobilities” to capture how these multiple mobilities in maritime shipping articulate with different dynamics of containing. I link the mobility of goods, ships, and labor that is central to the production of value in global capitalism to the

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“Nowhere near Somalia, Mom”

On containerizing maritime piracy and being good men

Adrienne Mannov

places, and thus, substantially gender-, race-, and nationality neutral. These white male industrial workers became figurative protagonists of a social movement” (2009: 153). Tsing further warns that critics of global capitalism risk effacing the

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Northern European space making in the era of neoliberal Europeanization and the emerging solidarity among Baltic Sea workers

Mats Lindqvist

This article will explore the prospects of and obstacles to the development of a transnational workers' solidarity movement in the Baltic Sea region in order to meet the challenges posed by transnational capital. The question is examined through a situational analysis of events taking place during a few hours at the Hotel Hafen in Hamburg on 10 November 2010. The subject of the analysis, which is based on personal observation and sound recordings, is the tripartite Steering Committee meeting of the Baltic Sea Labour Network (BSLN). The meeting's primary task was to formulate a statement about transnational strategies and tactics on which the parties—politicians, representatives of the employers and workers' delegations—could agree. The analysis explores the different parties' power resources in the negotiation process, and especially the workers' delegates' ability to pursue a course based on class solidarity. At each stage, we can observe how statements are formulated in an area of tension characterized by unequal power relationships and conflicting discourses in the form of neocolonial, national, transnational (class/region), and the EU's neoliberal and consensus-governed partnership discourses.

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Peripheral vision as anthropological critique

How perspectives from the margins can illuminate the exploits of twenty-first-century global capitalism

Cris Shore and Susanna Trnka

In the context of rapid neoliberal reform, both anthropology as a discipline and the social and cultural phenomena it studies are undergoing profound changes. In this article we develop June Nash's concept of “peripheral vision” to show how peripheries, and the politics of “peripheralization”, can illuminate processes of neoliberalization and the implications that this has for anthropological knowledge production. We argue that anthropology is uniquely situated to examine the conceptual blind spots produced by capitalism. By recasting “peripheral vision” as an analytic concept and methodological tool, we show how cultivating our ethnographic sensibilities to identify and hone in on events and processes that lie beyond our immediate field of vision can provide a useful antidote to the seductive fantasies of contemporary capitalism. In doing so, we also suggest how this approach can help counter some of the increasing strictures on knowledge production and narrowing of the research imagination that neoliberal reforms impose.

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Powers of sovereignty

State, people, wealth, life

Aihwa Ong

Hardt and Negri's trilogy describes an American Empire as shaping a world split between global capital and disenfranchised multitude, leading to a final confrontation between the Empire of capital and the counter-Empire of workers everywhere. However, their interpretation is limited by their philosophical abstraction and revolutionary vision, which fails to recognize the implications of actually existing processes of sovereignty and capital at this global juncture. The situation found in Asia challenges their analysis. In contemporary China, experimental assemblages of sovereign powers, capital, techne, and ethics have not weakened, but, in fact, have strengthened political sovereignty, nationalist sentiments, and collectivist ethos, presenting a different picture of biopolitics from that of Hardt and Negri's global theory. The authoritarian outcomes in China are political solutions forged in circumstances that mingle the global, the historical, and the situated. This article argues that Asian aspirations are rearranging capitalism and political sovereignty as Hardt and Negri understand them.

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Inside container economies

Hege Høyer Leivestad and Johanna Markkula

central to the very fabric of global capitalism” (2020: 3). Food, electronics, clothes, oil and gas, weapons, garbage—you name it—nearly everything at some point travels across the seas onboard one of the nearly 100,000 ships that work the world's oceans

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Bringing the state back in

Corporate social responsibility and the paradoxes of Norwegian state capitalism in the international energy sector

Ståle Knudsen, Dinah Rajak, Siri Lange, and Isabelle Hugøy

assumptions about how state politics and corporate interests interact in the exercise of social responsibility. At the same time, Norwegian energy TNCs are intrinsically incorporated into the logics and workings of global capitalism, along with the modes

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The Responsibility to Prevent Future Harm

Anti-Mining Struggles, the State, and Constitutional Lawsuits in Ecuador

Laura Affolter

New York and attributing responsibility to the parent company for its decision to use substandard technology, the plaintiffs attempted to disrupt ‘the logic of global capitalism that drove oil operations in Ecuador’ (2001: 158). Although the legal