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Other Geographies: The Influences of Michael Watts

Other Geographies: The Influences of Michael Watts

Sharad Chari (Editor), Susanne Freidberg (Editor), Vinay Gidwani (Editor), Jesse Ribot (Editor), Wendy Wolford (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-18477-5

Oct 2017, Wiley-Blackwell

240 pages

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An international group of distinguished scholars pay homage to and build on the work of one of the most influential thinkers of our time, Michael Watts.

  • Shows how Michael Watts’ research, writings, teaching and mentoring have relentlessly pushed boundaries, transforming his chosen field of geography and beyond
  • Spans an array of topics including the political economy and ecology of African societies, governmentality and territoriality in various Southern contexts, food security, cultural materialist expositions of capitalism, modernity and development across the postcolonial world
  • Builds on his legacy, exploring its theoretical, analytical, and empirical implications and proposing exciting new possibilities for further exploration in the tracks of Watts

Introduction: Other Geographies, in the work of Michael Watts
Sharad Chari, Susanne Freidberg, Jesse Ribot, Wendy Wolford and Vinay Gidwani

1. Academic Journeys in the Black Atlantic: Gender, Work and Environmental Transformations
Judith Carney

2. Getting back to our roots: Integrating critical physical and social science in the early work of Michael Watts
Rebecca Lave

3. Binary narratives of capitalism and climate change: Dangers and possibilities
Lucy Jarosz

4. Aggregate Modernities: A Critical Natural History of Contemporary Algorithms
Jake Kosek

5. Peanuts for Cashews? Agricultural Diversification and the Limits of Adaptability in Côte d’Ivoire
Thomas Bassett and Moussa Koné

6. Life itself under contract: A biopolitics of partnerships and chemical risk in California’s strawberry industry
Julie Guthman

7. Commoditization, Primitive Accumulation, and the Spaces of Biodiversity Conservation
Roderick Neumann

8. Stopping the Serengeti Road: Social Media and the Discursive Politics of Conservation in Tanzania
Benjamin Gardner

9. Privatize everything, certify everywhere: Academic assessment and value transfers
Tad Mutersbaugh

10. Oil, indigeneity and dispossession
Joe Bryan

11. Frontiers: Remembering the Forgotten Lands
Teo Ballvé

12. Vibrancy of Refuse, Piety of Refusal: Infrastructures of Discard in Dakar
Rosalind Fredericks

13. Land Reclamation as Resiliency in Post-Colonial Phnom Penh
Erin Collins