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Walls! Walls! Walls!

Claudio Minca and Alexandra Rijke
Walls do not block migrants’ mobility. Rather, they make these people evaporate and reappear elsewhere, where another wall may soon be erected. Our point is that not only migrants endlessly trespass the walls built to stop them, but that trespass is an inherent part of the walling processes.
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Landscape struggles, environmental hegemonies and the politics of urban design

Alvaro Sevilla-Buitrago
What would a Central Park designed by proletarians look like? How would such a subaltern landscape differ from the creatures of nineteenth-century bourgeois pastoral taste that we have come to identify with urban nature? Would Manhattan’s structure and social space have been radically changed by s...
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We Should All Be Deported

Darshan Vigneswaran
If we’re genuinely opposed to and abhorred at what's going on right now, we should demonstrate this through civil disobedience. If significant numbers of people refuse to comply with these laws, this would not only reduce their efficacy but also compel governments to fully explore precisely how vi...
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The Discomfort of Safety

Marie Thompson
To perpetually inhabit an uncomfortable world is draining. While liberal critics will continue to chastise safe(r) spaces for the limits they place on unfettered freedoms of expression, it is clear that—in a political climate in which the safety of already marginalized people is further diminished...
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The Color of Corruption: Whiteness and Populist Narratives

Malini Ranganathan and Sapana Doshi
Rather than focusing on Trump’s scandals per se, we suggest that critical attention to the uses and silences surrounding the word “corruption” sheds light on more fundamental cultural and political dynamics undergirding the turn to the right in the US and elsewhere.
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The Return of the Nation: When Neo-nationalism Becomes Mainstream

Marco Antonsich
We are back to a world of nations. True, we never left this world, if not in the normative speculations of some (actually, many) progressive intellectuals. And yet, the world of nations we are witnessing today is somewhat more entrenched than what it looked like only a few decades ago.

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Issue 2 of the 2017 volume of EPD: Society and Space is now online. It features an essay by Saba Mahmood, and a special theme section on ‘Race, biopolitics and the future’. The theme section is guest edited and introduced by Sara Smith and Pavithra Vasudevan, and contains contributions from Shiloh Krupar and Nadine Ehlers, Carolin Schurr,Sean H. Wang, Eric Olund, and Kristin M. Sziarto. Three stand-alone articles by Simon Ferdinand (on maps, modernity and the art of Gert Jan Kocken), Wesley Attewell (on ‘alternative development’ in occupied Afghanistan), and Martin Arboleda (a Marxist critique of more-than-human geographies) round out the issue.