Destitution Economies: Mapping Relationships of Enforced Precarity (I)

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Studio 8, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Kate Coddington, Deirdre Conlon
Chairs: Deirdre Conlon


In this session, we are interested in mapping the relationships between policies of control and destitution. We enter into this debate primarily through recent and emerging work by critical geography and migration studies scholars examines the incremental, ongoing, everyday, and seemingly banal sites and spaces where forms of commodification, dispossession, and destitution are (re)produced in immigration enforcement and in migration control and management. However, we also note that the relationships of policies of control and destitution are not limited to migration. Tightening social safety nets amidst contexts of austerity have created a new generation of social welfare policies premised on continued poverty have sparked new work in geography. In both cases, attention to political economies sits alongside a feminist political geographical focus on the everyday workings of states and other agents and institutions of power. Within this framework, economies are understood to incorporate and also to exceed more traditional approaches to political economy. Here, economies are taken to be about production and exchange; yet, simultaneously they are linked to social, cultural, intersectional, and intimate relationships that manifest in uneven and complicated ways. In each case, destitution and related policies enact slow violence, the everyday, continual, staggered, and oft-invisible iterations of structural violence that irregular migrants and other marginalized groups encounter relentlessly in their day-to-day lives. We identify the production of ‘destitution economies,’ the sites, spaces and practices where precarity and slow violence are (re)produced and enacted for irregular migrants and other precarious populations, as a key element of life for marginalized people today.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Maria Persdotter*, Malmö University, Undoing the Geographies of Survival for Mobile Roma EU-citizens: A Case Study from Malmö, Sweden 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Amanda Schmid-Scott*, University of Exeter, Thresholds to precarity: an ethnography of a Home Office reporting centre 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Julia Morris*, New School University, Phosphate turned refugee destitution economies in the Republic of Nauru 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Kate Coddington*, University at Albany, The slow violence of cashless technologies: state logics of care and control in Australia and the UK 20 11:00 AM
Presenter Tom Baker*, University of Auckland, Joshua Evans, University of Alberta, Brian Hennigan, Syracuse University, Revisiting the rabble: Poverty management and the spectre of surplus life 20 11:20 AM

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