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Inland ShiftRace, Space, and Capital in Southern California$
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Juan D. De Lara

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289581

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289581.001.0001

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Global Goods and the Infrastructure of Desire

Global Goods and the Infrastructure of Desire

(p.25) Two Global Goods and the Infrastructure of Desire
Inland Shift

Juan D. De Lara

University of California Press

This chapter uses a commodity-chain approach and logistics to unpack the black box of globalization. Logistics is particularly useful as an analytical lens, because it reveals how state actors mobilized space for capitalist development and provides a different view into the systems, processes, and spaces that make up globalization. The chapter outlines how logisticians used scientific rationalism and new technologies to create an abstract and ordered vision of space that enabled them to expand the territorial possibilities for capital investment. It argues that the scientific management of bodies, space, and time produced new labor regimes, which facilitated a more complex and extended system of global production, distribution, and consumption.

Keywords:   logistics, consumption, shopping, urbanization, labor, urban development

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