Area Development and Policy

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: China Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Grand Ballroom E, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Xinyue Ye, Weidong Liu
Chairs: Weidong Liu


The Raggedy Edges of Globalizing Capitalism: Thinking through Jakarta by Eric Sheppard

Organized by China Division of Regional Studies Association, China Geography Specialty Group and Asian Geography Specialty Group, AAG Annual Meeting at New Orleans, April 10-14, 2018.

China Division of Regional Studies Association, China Geography Specialty Group and Asian Geography Specialty Group are pleased to announce a plenary session on regional development for publicizing a journal Area Development and Policy (ADP). ADP was launched in 2016 by Regional Studies Association (RSA) in collaboration with the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and is published by Taylor and Francis. ADP is developed against such a background that emerging economies are playing a more and more important role in the world economic development while they are facing challenges that are quite different from the ones faced by developed economies. These issues are however often not reflected in the existing academic literature. ADP is aimed to open up these new fields of enquiry, to stimulate and encourage research into them and to publish the results.

To address the limits to globalization and challenges faced by urbanization in the global south, this plenary session will invite Prof. Eric Sheppard from UCLA to deliver a themed talk on the raggedy edges of globalizing capitalism thinking through Jakarta. Since 2016, globalizing capitalism has lost its luster. The immediate impetus is grassroots opposition from white nationalist Americans and Europeans, dismissive of anti-neoliberal activism across the post-colony but now disenchanted with globalizing capitalism’s seemingly deleterious impact ontheirback yard. Yet globalizing capitalism’s inability to deliver on its promise of prosperity for all entrepreneurial people and places lies much deeper. Setting aside problems endemic to the logic of globalizing capitalism, Prof. Sheppard will focus on the compounding effects of its raggedy edges. Today, these include legacies of colonialism, racism and slavery, humans’ more-than-capitalist practices and contestations, global climate change and resource extraction, elite and grassroots informality, enclosures of the information commons, and the untrammeled spaces of financialization. He will explore how these edges shape social and environmental justice possibilities in Jakarta.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Weidong Liu Chinese Academy of Sciences 20
Discussant Eric Sheppard UCLA 40
Discussant Michael Dunford University of Sussex 20
Discussant Henry Yeung National University of Singapore 20

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