Desperate Mobilities: Logistics, Security and the Extra-Logistical Knowledges of ‘Appropriation’

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Abstract

This paper sets out to address the increasing strategic power of logistics management in the context of commodity and corporeal mobilities. In doing so it looks to the strategy of interconnectivity in order to address the management of legitimated mobilities. It is argued that the geopower of commodity mobility is premised on the infrastructural strength offered by logistics management, a form of spatial and temporal control that operates through increasingly territorialising means. However, given the infrastructural ‘tension’ that processes of standardisation have created, the paper also concerns the appropriation of commodity mobility networks for the purposes of illegitimated corporeal mobility. In part this is intended to develop the critiques of globalisation which challenged the image of transnational mobility networks as part of a borderless, boundless present typified most readily by the flows of information, capital and commodities. By contrast the ‘desperate mobilities’ of undocumented immigrants attests to the rather more tangled manifestations of mobility that many individuals have to traverse. In particular I focus on the fallibility of strategic sites within global commodity movement and the uses of ‘extra-logistical knowledge’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-376
Number of pages22
JournalGeopolitics
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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