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Mus Travel on The chapter closes with a discussion of the politics of differential inclusion and its relevance for debates about the nation-state, multiculturalism, and the multiplicity of times and temporaliz-ing practices that cross migratory experiences in the contemporary world. This focus on time and temporality deliberately supplements the emphasis on space that has thus far characterized our discussions of the primitive accumulation of modern cartography and the multiplication of labor. Time and again we encounter analyses of capitalist development suggesting that it attempts to overcome the limits of space and geography through temporal shifts and arrangements. Karl Marx’s analysis of the formation of the world market, for instance, points to capital’s expansion of the spatial orbit of its circulation and its simultaneous striving for the progressive annihilation of space by time (1973, 5 39)- More recently, geographers like David Harvey (i989) have drawn out the implications of this tendency for the latest wave of capitalist development, pointing to processes of time-space compression as a means of capturing the velocity, acceleration, and new kinds of propinquity that accompany capital’s global expansion. The important claim that space matters and that concerns of locality, territory, and scale provide a privileged angle for understanding capital in the era of globalization has been a distinctive feature of the so-called spatial turn in humanities and social sciences (Massey 1984; Soja 1989; Thrift 1996). This widespread intellectual movement, which took on several twists and variations, supplied a powerful counternarrative to the dominant image of the globe as a smooth space that had circulated since the 1970s. Our discussion of figures such as detainees, banlieusards, and workers in the Indian body shopping system at once extends and questions this approach to contemporary capitalism. Mus Travel 2016.

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