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Mediterranean Struggles for Movement and the European Government of Bodies: An Interview with Étienne Balibar and Nicholas De Genova

Antipode A Radical Journal of Geography - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:40
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The conversation between Étienne Balibar and Nicholas De Genova engages with the Mediterranean of migration as a multifaceted, productive, and contested space, which can represent a counterpoint to a deep-rooted Eurocentric imaginary. Looking at the Mediterranean as a space produced by the mobility of the bodies crossing it and by the combination of different struggles, Balibar and De Genova comment on some of the political movements that have taken center stage in the Mediterranean region in the past few years and suggest that the most important challenge today is to mobilize a “Mediterranean point of view” whereby the political borders of Europe and its self-centered referentiality can be challenged.

Passive Microwave Remote Sensing of the Earth: for Meteorological Applications


  This book covers the fundamentals of satellite microwave instrument calibration, remote sensing sciences and algorithms, as well as the applications of the satellite microwave observations in weather and climate research.

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Groundwater Remediation: A Practical Guide for Environmental Engineers and Scientists


 

Groundwater is one of the Earth’s most precious resources.  We use it for drinking, bathing, and many other purposes.  Without clean water, humans would cease to exist.  Unfortunately, because of ignorance or lack of caring, groundwater is often contaminated through industrialization, industry, construction or any number of other ways.  It is the job of the environmental engineer to remediate the contaminated groundwater and make what has been tainted



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Militarized Capitalism? The Apparel Industry's Role in Scripting a Post-War National Identity in Sri Lanka

Antipode A Radical Journal of Geography - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 13:30
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This paper examines new garment factories in the former war zone of North and East Sri Lanka. This paper elucidates the role of the state–military–capital nexus in the Sri Lankan government's efforts to rebuild the nation following a longstanding ethnic war, a post-war development strategy that has emphasized investment and job creation. Drawing on fieldwork with numerous managers and more in-depth exploration in one such garment factory, the paper shows how garment industry managers deployed a Sinhala-Buddhist management ethos to produce an unmarked class of modern workers and, in doing so, played an active role in re-scripting narratives of the nation. Therefore, we argue that capital is imbricated in the government's militarized nation-building efforts, and we call for more attention to how the industrial capital–military–state nexus may be shaping and re-producing power relations in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

Reactive Oxygen Species: Signaling Between Hierarchical Levels in Plants


 

Photosynthesis and the complex network within plants is becoming more important than ever, because of the earth’s changing climate.  In addition, the concepts can be used in other areas, and the science itself is useful in practical applications in many branches of science, including medicine, biology, biophysics, and chemistry.  This original, groundbreaking work by two highly experienced and well-known scientists introduces a new and different approach



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Antipode A Radical Journal of Geography - Pet., 08/04/2017 - 07:52

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Climate Extremes: Patterns and Mechanisms


 

Although we are seeing more weather and climate extremes, individual extreme events are very diverse and generalization of trends is difficult. For example, mid-latitude and subtropical climate extremes such as heat waves, hurricanes and droughts have increased, and could have been caused by processes including arctic amplification, jet stream meandering, and tropical expansion. This volume documents various climate extreme events and associated changes



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Fault Zone Dynamic Processes: Evolution of Fault Properties During Seismic Rupture


 

Why do earthquakes happen? What properties control the dynamic rupture and what are the processes at play? Chapters in the present volume capture the current state of the art by displaying an overview of the existing knowledge on the physics of dynamic faulting and promote multidisciplinary contributions on the observational and experimental fault fabric and mechanics, the evolution of fault zone physical and chemical properties, dynamic rupture processes



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Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels: Production Technologies for Biofuels, Volume 2


 

Biofuels production is one of the most extensively studied fields in the energy sector that can provide an alternative energy source and bring the energy industry closer to sustainability. Biomass-based fuel production, or renewable fuels, are becoming increasingly important as a potential solution for man-made climate change, depleted oil reserves, and the dangers involved with hydraulic fracturing



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The Evolution of Meteorology: A Look into the Past, Present, and Future of Weather Forecasting


 

The essential guide to the history, current trends, and the future of meteorology 

This comprehensive review explores the evolution of the field of meteorology, from its infancy in 3000 bc, through the birth of fresh ideas and the naming of the field as a science, to the technology boom, to today. The Evolution of Meteorologyreveals the full story of where meteorology was then to where it is now, where the field is heading, and what needs to be done



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Shifting Horizons: Urban Space and Social Difference in Contemporary Brazilian Documentary and Photography


 

Drawing on the challenges of urban expansion and increasing population density facing contemporary Brazil, Shifting Horizons is an interdisciplinary investigation of the treatment of social difference in documentary film and photography and its potential to effect social and political change.



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Communal Performativity—A Seed for Change? The Solidarity of Thessaloniki's Social Movements in the Diverse Fights Against Neoliberalism

Antipode A Radical Journal of Geography - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 08:35
Abstract

The debate on the financial crisis is at an impasse. Neoliberal austerity discourse is often positioned as an almost insurmountable barrier, its disciplinary power affecting even the most change-oriented citizen-initiatives existing today. Countering this, this paper highlights the transformative capacity of social movements in Thessaloniki. Drawing from Butler, Laclau and Mouffe, and Gibson-Graham we develop the notion of “communal performativity” both as an academic and as a practical concept to understand and build trajectories of socio-economic change. “Communal” denotes the drive of the movements’ participants to interconnect and (re)negotiate with a multiplicity of Others, curbing identity politics to articulate internal differences and Otherness. We see some hopeful signs of bridges being built towards shared trajectories of change that can be understood as different but concrete variations on the abstract counter-narrative of “breaking with neoliberalism”. Some of these variations challenge, others diversify neoliberal discourses and practices.

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Ο δημόσιος διάλογος για την οικονομική κρίση είναι σε αδιέξοδο. Η συζήτηση περί νεοφιλελεύθερης λιτότητας συχνά τοποθετείται ως ένα σχεδόν ανυπέρβλητο εμπόδιο, του οποίου η πειθαρχική εξουσία (disciplinary power) επιδρά ακόμα και στις πιο προσδιορισμένες-στην-αλλαγή πρωτοβουλίες πολιτών που υπάρχουν σήμερα. Καταπολεμώντας αυτό, το παρόν άρθρο υπογραμμίζει την μεταμορφωτική ικανότητα των κοινωνικών κινημάτων στην Θεσσαλονίκη. Αντλώντας από τους Butler, Laclau και Mouffe και Gibson-Graham, αναπτύσσουμε την έννοια της ‘κοινοτικής επιτελεστικότητας’ (communal performativity), τόσο ως ακαδημαϊκή όσο και ως πρακτική έννοια να καταλάβουμε και να κτίσουμε διαδρομές κοινωνικο-οικονομικής αλλαγής. Ο όρος ‘κοινοτική’ υποδηλώνει την προτροπή των συμμετεχόντων στα κινήματα να διασυνδέονται και να (επανα-)διαπραγματεύονται με την πληθώρα των Άλλων, ελίσσοντας έτσι την πολιτική περί ταυτότητας (identity politics) να αρθρώσει τις εσωτερικές διαφορές και την Διαφορετικότητα. Παρατηρούμε κάποια ελπιδοφόρα σημάδια όπως να κτίζονται γέφυρες προς την κατεύθυνση κοινών διαδρομών αλλαγής, οι οποίες μπορούν να νοηθούν ως διαφορετικές αλλά συγκεκριμένες παραλλαγές του αφηρημένου αντι-αφηγήματος ‘διαλύωντας τον νεο-φιλελευθερισμό’. Κάποιες από αυτές τις παραλλαγές δοκιμάζουν, άλλες διαφοροποιούν τις νεοφιλελεύθερες συζητήσεις και πρακτικές.

Introduction: Italians Do It Better? The Occupation of Spaces for Radical Struggles in Italy

Antipode A Radical Journal of Geography - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 08:15
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Italy could be considered a social laboratory in relation to radical theories, practices, struggles and radical political conditions. It is worth exploring what kind of laboratory Italy is and investigating some of the features of current struggles that challenge neoliberalism and the revival of fascism. One way to grasp the specificity of the Italian context is by considering an inherent set of social conflicts that take the form of multidimensional challenges, embracing social, cultural, economic and decision-making dimensions. Put succinctly, a prefigurative politics is the lens suggested to interpret the experience of squatting and commoning, which are the fundamental attributes of many related struggles over housing and Social Centers and environmental protection.

Ecoacoustics: The Ecological Role of Sounds


 

The sounds produced by geophonic, biophonic and technophonic sources are relevant to the function of natural and human modified ecosystems. Passive recording is one of the most non-invasive technologies as its use avoids human intrusion during acoustic surveys and facilitates the accumulation of huge amounts of acoustical data.

For the first time, this book collates and reviews the science behind ecoaucostics; illustrating the principles, methods and



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The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Geography


  The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Geography aims to account for the intellectual and worldly developments that have taken place in and around political geography in the last 10 years. Bringing together established names in the field as well as new scholars, it highlights provocative theoretical and conceptual debates on political geography from a range of global perspectives.

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Environmental Aspects of Oil and Gas Production


 

Oil and gas still power the bulk of our world, from automobiles and the power plants that supply electricity to our homes and businesses, to jet fuel, plastics, and many other products that enrich our lives.  With the relatively recent development of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), multilateral, directional, and underbalanced drilling, and enhanced oil recovery, oil and gas production is more important and efficient than ever before.  Along with



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Frontier Road: Power, History, and the Everyday State in the Colombian Amazon


 

Frontier Road uses the history of one road in southern Colombia—known locally as “the trampoline of death”—to demonstrate how state-building processes and practices have depended on the production and maintenance of frontiers as inclusive-exclusive zones, often through violent means.



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