Going Nowhere Fast: Mobile Inequality in the Age of Translocality

ISBN : 9780198859505

Sabina Lawreniuk; Laurie Parsons
176 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Rising levels of global inequality and migrant flows are both critical global challenges. Set within the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia, Going Nowhere Fast sets out to answer a question of global importance: how does inequality persist in our increasingly mobile world?

Inequality is often referred to as the greatest threat to democracy, society, and economy, and yet opportunity has apparently never been more accessible. Long and short distance transport - from motorbikes to aeroplanes - are available to more people than ever before and telecommunications have transformed our lives, ushering in an era of translocality in which the behaviour of people and communities is influenced from hundreds or even thousands of miles apart. Yet amidst these complex flows of people, ideas, and capital, persistent inequality cuts a jarringly static figure. Going Nowhere Fast brings together a decade of research to examine this uneven development in Cambodia, making a case for inequality as a 'total social fact' rather than an economic phenomenon, in which stories, stigma, obligation and assets combine to lock social structures in place.

Going Nowhere Fast: Inequality in the Age of Translocality speaks from an in-depth perspective to an issue of global relevance: how inequality persists in our hypermobile world. Focusing on pressing issues in Cambodia that resonate beyond, it investigates how human movement within and across the nation's borders are intertwined with societal threats and challenges, including of precarious labour and agricultural livelihoods; climate and environmental change; the phenomenon of land grabbing; and the rise of popular nationalism.


1 Inequality in the Age of Translocality
2 The Fallacy of Macroeconomic Indicators
3 Mobile Inequality: Embedding Economic Flows in Mobile Social Structures
4 Sowing and Sewing Inequality in the Home: the Everyday Experience of Translocality
5 The Invisible Grabbing Hand: Translocal Ecologies of Economic Development
6 The Village of the Damned? Narrative, Structure and the Coproduction of Translocal Mobility
7 We move therefore we are, you don't so you are not: Cambodia's translocal politics of nationalism
8 Framing a Total Social Fact


Dr Sabina Lawreniuk is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is currently engaged in an activist research project, collaborating with trade unions, employers, regulators, global brands, and other industry stakeholders in the Cambodian garment sector to examine inequalities in global supply chains and empower marginalised women workers.; Dr Laurie Parsons is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is recipient of a recent Global Challenges funding award offered jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the UK's Department for International Development entitled 'Blood Bricks', examining the relationship between climate change, migration and modern slavery in Cambodian brick factories.