ABSTRACT

Over the past decades, the flows of the global economy have arguably gained a tight grip on the territorial distribution of human capital as well as on the boundary regimes that regulate its spatial and cultural accumulations. The current reorganization of human habitats in relation to market-driven choices seems to portray a system of unilateral appropriation that knows no alternative. Yet, if one looks beyond the boundaries imposed on the world by the global economic regime, one can recognize the manifestation of the boundary as a political space that cannot be controlled through the workings of the economy alone. In this sphere, one can make out the lines of flight of a potential for redrawing social, economic and political order. As the agonistic organisms that evolve from contemporary economic flows are ever more aligned to a globally distributed and flexibly interconnected trans-urban realm – markets unleashing markets, riots triggering riots, socialities engendering socialities – an intensifying network of nodalized informality has emerged on a global scale in which different cultures coincide locally and yield volatile, contradictory and contested space-time ecosystems.