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The logics and politics of circulation: exploring the urban and non-urban spaces of
Hesse, Markus
2018In Ward, Kevin; Jonas, Andrew E.G.; Miller, Byron et al. (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics
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Keywords :
Digital economy; Logistics; Distribution centres;; Circulation; ICT
Abstract :
[en] The digital economy is a catalyst for the circulation of people, goods and information, affecting both urban and non-urban realms. This chapter uses the empirical case of to discuss the digital and physical arrangement of production, labour, distribution, advertising, purchasing, and consumption as a means of creating particular spaces of politics. What started as mail order retail for books about 20 years ago can now be understood as an all-encompassing platform for performing a variety of socio-economic practices. These practices evolve from disruptive innovation and are backed by venture capital as well as an aggressive market strategy, leading to a compartmentalized organisation of value chains. The related implications on place, space and territory reveal a certain “logics of dislocation” (Barnes 1996), creating particular spaces of circulation both in urban centres and peripheries. The abstract system’s imperative not only steers the orchestration of the firm’s network but also, given its hegemony in online-markets, threatens to assume an almost totalitarian form. It thus also performs as a powerful agent of policy-making. Against this background, the chapter explores the spaces of circulation and related politics that are produced and reproduced by
Disciplines :
Human geography & demography
Author, co-author :
Hesse, Markus  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE)
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Title :
The logics and politics of circulation: exploring the urban and non-urban spaces of
Publication date :
April 2018
Main work title :
The Routledge International Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics
Editor :
Ward, Kevin
Jonas, Andrew E.G.
Miller, Byron
Wilson, David
Publisher :
Routledge, Abingdon, OX, United Kingdom
Edition :
Routledge International Handbooks
Pages :
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
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