Dear Dave (and cgf-ers),
Thanks for the useful suggestions. I find, despite his many faults,
Castells is always useful. Ideas about realtive time scales etc. seem to be
an increasingly fashionable subject, and also, for once, one which I think
may very well be useful (cf: Macnaghten and Urry's new book, and Barbara
Adam's, as well as the increasingly recognised work of Ingold on time and
landscape, not to mention Virilio). As for Swyndgedouw, I will certainly go
and look at what he is saying (I've not read him yet).
As for 'strategic interlocalism' - I invented it because I likes the sound
of it! Why not? No, seriously it does actually mean something in the
context of the paper, and this will be thouroughly explored therin. I did
have one suggestion (from someone of a more Political Economy orientation
than myself) that what I should call it is 'tactical interlocalism' in the
sense that the campaign against the MAI is a tactic in a larger
anti-globalisation strategy pursued by many of the groups and localities
involved. Well, maybe, but I'm not into pursuing the military metaphors
that far! Why interlocalism then, given that not all the entities involved
could be described as having a specific geographically local identity-
well, again, this will be explored in the paper...
PS: I don't know whether it will be possible for the paper to appear in pdf
format - it largely depends on the policy of the journals (Ethics Place and
Environment (english) (Tim?) / Oikos (flemish)) in which it will appear.
Not having had many publications, I'm not sure how it all works! This is
assuming, of course that it is accepted for publication in the first place!
PPS: very importantly it was announced yesterday that the French government
will NOT return to the negotiating table when the OECD resumes talks on the
MAI- it instead wants the talks transfered to the WTO. Is this a victory? I
think not. The Third World Network (based in Malaysia) has said that it
fears this eventuality, claiming that the WTO is dominated by corporate and
US interests even more effectively than the OECD, despite its superficially
much wider national membership.
"No one should ever work.
Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any
evil you'd care to name comes from working or from living in a world
designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working."
Bob Black 'The abolition of work'