Human reproduction is mediated by many forms of technology, high- and low-tech. We usually understand reproductive technology as a category describing in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, cryopreservation of reproductive materials, and other forms of fertility assistance. To this list, we could add other forms of technology that differently relate to fertility, like devices for abortion and contraception. The horizon of reproductive technology is ever expanding, provoking complex political and ethical debates about how such technologies might alter our notions of gender, sex, and family.
I read Toby Beauchamp’s Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices (2019, Duke University Press) while traveling by air across national borders with two different medical devices attached to my body. I can’t go through the security body scanners because just one trip provides enough electromagnetic interference to break a $10,000 device.
To help re-direct our attention towards progressive ways of world-making, this three-part essay therefore discusses some of the affective dynamics that have unfolded on the political left in the Brazilian context. My focus, especially in the second part of this essay, is on the connection between affect and territoriality. I pick up here on the discussion of território and territorialidade in Brazilian geography, where these terms, as in other Romance languages, denote not only politically demarcated areas, but also pieces of the world that are inhabited and agentially shaped through everyday practice.
From 18 to 21 November 2018, shortly after the election of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s 38th president, I visited São Paulo State University (UNESP) at Presidente Prudente to participate in the Fifth International Seminar on Microterritorialities in Cities, which coincided with the Fifth National Seminar on Multiple Territorialities.
In Brazil’s volatile and multifaceted political conjuncture – which began with a crisis of the PT project in the early 2010s, moved through the center-right’s shady aspirations to power and culminated in the election of an openly anti-democratic president (see Part I) – territorial struggles have played a key role.
Matters of Care is a book about re-imagining posthumanist research and ecological ethics in a world under crisis. To explore these questions, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa frames the idea of care as a situated and committed form of speculation that simultaneously works to sustain the world we live in and opens it up to new constituencies and political stakes.
On Christmas Eve in Los Angeles, best friends Sin-Dee Rella and Alexandra sit at a Donut Time on the corner of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. They are Black, trans sex workers living poor. Sin-Dee has just finished serving a 28-day prison sentence and is about to announce her engagement to Chester, a West Hollywood pimp, when Alexandra interrupts to tell her that Chester has been cheating on her with a “white fish”—“real vagina and everything, yes girl.”
Since the late 1970s, a massive neoliberal shift has realigned the relationship between government, business, and households in the United States. The shocks and disruptions wrought by this shift have transformed everyday life: stagnant real wages have sent nearly every available adult into the labour force; longer work hours have eroded the time left for essential care work; and reduced government support has privatized dependency, devolving responsibility for the wellbeing of children, elders, and whole communities onto individuals.
I’ve been interested in the theme of queering social reproduction lately for two reasons. First, I have been wondering how queer people’s lives and practices fit into the way that feminist political economy has conceptualized social reproduction.
The potential for queer perspectives to influence understanding social reproduction has been raised in human geography subfields as diverse as migration studies (Silvey, 2004), population geography (Bailey, 2009) and economic geography (Pollard et al. 2009).
This short intervention builds upon research work I have been conducting in several European cities around (HIV-positive) gay migration as well as my personal experience with (bareback) sex, HIV-prevention, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, i.e. the taking of a prescription drug to prevent HIV-infection), the rise of homonormativity and many other relevant topics most gay men of my age have routinely faced in Western Europe.
This paper identifies two geographically uneven economic developments that have worked to sideline the biological (child-bearing) and social maternal: the industrial machine (the Machine) and commodity markets.
More than twenty years ago, Nancy Fraser (1994) suggested that if men combine work and childcare in the way women do in their daily lives, there could be radical change towards greater gender equality in the world of paid and unpaid work.
John B. McLemore—boisterous, brilliant, and utterly miserable polymath at the center of sensational 2017 podcast S-Town—stands at the entrance to the intricate hedge maze on his sprawling, ancestral property in Woodstock, Alabama. A middle-aged, self-described “semi-homosexual,” with a shock of bright red hair and a heavily-tattooed torso, John stands with his hands placed firmly on his hips, surveying his maze, its adjustable gates allowing for 64 possible solutions.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin a 20-year-old fast food worker of color walks off her job at McDonald’s to demand a $15 hourly wage and the right to organize. In Nunavut, Canada a mine shuts down while its fly-in-fly-out Inuit workers set out on ATVs to hunt caribou. In Barcelona a young gay man remembers to take his daily dose of PrEP, the little blue pill prescribed to prevent HIV-infection, then makes a coffee for his partner. These everyday moments situate deep histories and structural forces making and remaking the contours and conditions of life. These are the everyday moments of social reproduction.
We explore the implications of Lewis' argument that confronting unjust aspects of the surrogate industry requires not simple opposition to its technologies, but rather an abolition of the hetero-patriarchal private capitalist form in which surrogacy is embedded.
A House of Prayer for All People by David K. Seitz is based on nearly three years of ethnographic fieldwork in a large, predominantly LGBT and evangelical Christian church located in Toronto, Canada.
The recipient of the Organization of American Historians’ 2017 David Montgomery Award for the best book on a topic in U.S. labor and working-class history, Deregulating Desire offers an empirically rich and beautifully written account of the politics of gender, sexuality and race in late 20th-century U.S. flight attendant organizing.
This review forum stems from an author-meets-critics session on Timothy Stewart-Winter’s Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics, organized by David K. Seitz. The session was held at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco.
This review forum follows from an author-meets-critics session on Bobby Benedicto’s Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene, organized by Natalie Oswin and held at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago. The forum includes reviews by Gerry Pratt, Derek Ruez, and David K. Seitz, as well as a response from Bobby Benedicto.
This article reflects on an occupation led by single mothers to contest the destruction of social housing in post-Olympics East London. In the process, it argues for a more gendered theorisation of the urban commons.
Writings that critically engage the ongoing conditions of coloniality and its effects. Entries in this section may also speculate on intellectual, political and organizational tactics that work to resist coloniality, colonization and colonialism’s effects in the present.
Examines the evolving social, ecological, cultural and geopolitical impacts of energy systems and resource extraction, with particular emphasis on the spatial relationships that structure the extraction, production, distribution and consumption of energy and other natural resources and raw materials
Chronicles past, present, and potential impacts of technoscientific development on the production of space. Provides critical looks into how scientific disciplines and industries influence how we analyze, categorize, experience, interpret, navigate, and represent that which we call space.
Investigates the spatial implications of the mass production, consumption, and disposal of digital media. Core areas of study include the environmental impacts, industrial landscapes, infrastructures, political transformations, social activities, and subjectivities particular to the digital age.
Charts the role that maps and various other forms of geo-visualisation play in the production of space. Offers a critical forum for investigating older modes of cartographic representation as well as newer approaches to big data and the politics of algorithmic and other data-driven processes.
Investigates relations between policing (narrowly and broadly understood), incarceration, and the production of space and spatial knowledge. Borders, criminalized neighborhoods, detention centers, heavily securitized areas, internment camps, jails, prisons, rendition sites, and the spatial relations that they rely on and produce are explored as sites of power and subversion.