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Working the Spaces of Neoliberalism: Activism, Professionalisation and Incorporation

Working the Spaces of Neoliberalism: Activism, Professionalisation and Incorporation

Nina Laurie (Editor), Liz Bondi (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-13800-0 February 2006 Wiley-Blackwell 256 Pages

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This collection offers a new way of looking at neoliberalisation and new understandings of contemporary processes of professionalisation.

  • This collection offers a new way of looking at neoliberalisation.
  • Presents new understandings of contemporary processes of professionalisation.
  • Draws on new, original research.
  • Features studies from the Global North and the Global South.

Introduction
Liz Bondi and Nina Laurie 1

1 After Neoliberalism? Community Activism and Local Partnerships in Aotearoa New Zealand
Wendy Larner and David Craig 9

2 Authority and Expertise: The Professionalisation of International Development and the Ordering of Dissent
Uma Kothari 32

3 Dropping Out or Signing Up? The Professionalisation of Youth Travel
Kate Simpson 54

4 Ethnodevelopment: Social Movements, Creating Experts and Professionalising Indigenous Knowledge in Ecuador
Nina Laurie, Robert Andolina and Sarah Radcliffe 77

5 Working the Spaces of Neoliberal Subjectivity: Psychotherapeutic Technologies, Professionalisation and Counselling
Liz Bondi 104

6 Desiring Sameness? The Rise of a Neoliberal Politics ofNormalisation
Diane Richardson 122

7 Making Space for ‘‘Neo-communitarianism’’? The Third Sector, State and Civil Society in the UK
Nicholas R Fyfe 143

8 Caught in the Middle: The State, NGOs, and the Limits to Grassroots Organizing Along the US–Mexico Border
Rebecca Dolhinow 164

9 ‘‘The Experts Taught Us All We Know’’: Professionalisation and Knowledge in Nepalese Community Forestry
Andrea J Nightingale 186

Commentaries

10 Working the Spaces of Neoliberalism
Marcus Power 209

11 No Way Out? Incorporating and Restructuring the Voluntary Sector within Spaces of Neoliberalism
Katy Jenkins 216

12 Professional Geographies
Nicholas Blomley 222

13 Partners in Crime? Neoliberalism and the Production of New Political Subjectivities
Cindi Katz 227

Index 236

"This is a compelling, timely and thought-provoking collection. It brings into contact a range of phenomena often considered in isolation, and subjects them to sustained critical-geographical exploration. The materials covered here cross worlds and scales - the Global South and the Global North; from the psychotherapist's couch to ethnodevelopment in Ecuador - and thereby reveal the entangled spaces, roles and subjectivities of professionals and activists under neoliberalism. It is essential reading for any critical scholar concerned about the extending and mutating reach of neoliberalism."

Chris Philo, Professor of Geography, University of Glasgow

"If there is any lingering doubt that geographers need to think about how the local, the state, and the global are interconnected, it should be dispelled in this provocative and compelling collection, a fresh approach to the everywhere but elusive concept of neoliberalism. Challenging us to think about the broad ramifications for professionalism and local activism, these authors are determined to make a difference to the real lives of people engaged in working the spaces of neoliberalism as they re-write subjectivity, local knowlege, sexuality, democracy and political agency. We can definitely add another notch to our understanding of the world."

Audrey Kobayashi, Professor of Geography, Queen's University, Ontario


  • Explores the central characteristics of neoliberalism found in social democratic regimes including economic liberalisation and an emphasis on ‘‘rolling back the state’’.

  • This collection offers a new way of looking at neoliberalisation.

  • Presents new understandings of contemporary processes of professionalisation.

  • Draws on new, original research.

  • Features studies from the Global North and the Global South.