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Explores the spatial implications of the creation, distribution, and use of material and symbolic resources. Focus is placed on the variable forms of value, and how embodied, environmental, institutional, and social differences mediate how value is geographically produced and circulated.

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Hope and the future: Temporal agency and the politics of hope in late capitalism

This special issue on the Labour of Hope constitutes a most welcome milestone in the ongoing debates around hope and capitalism.

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Felix Ringel

In the wake of logistics: Situated afterlives of race and labour on the Magdalena River

Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted aboard a cargo boat on Colombia’s Magdalena River, and on historical accounts of fluvial transport, this article examines the racial formations on which logistics depends.

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Austin Zeiderman

The nomos of the freeport

The article works with Carl Schmitt’s theory of the spatial framing of political–economic orders around the juxtaposition of land and sea and shows that freeports detach themselves from this oppositional logic.

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Stefan Schwarzkopf, Jessica Inez Backsell

States of circulation: Logistics off the beaten path

Driven by the momentous political and economic changes of the past decade and by the resurgence of popular resistance against globalization, the question of global supply chains has come back with a vengeance. Nearly two decades after the optimism around globalization fizzled out, the imperative of circulation remains so deeply ingrained in our world that it is almost invisible.

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Peer Schouten, Finn Stepputat, and Jan Bachmann

Logistics from the margins

This paper brings together recent geographical writing on logistics with discussions of margins as paradoxical sites of inclusive exclusion. Building on fieldwork on the docks of Freetown, Sierra Leone – a port that experts in logistics problematize as a ‘contaminated’ place within the global shipping community – this contribution shows that seaports at global margins are in fact at the centre of key projects of global circulation.

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Julian Stenmanns

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