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Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge

Jeff Ferrell


This is a book about drift and drifters—about the ways in which dislocation and disorientation can become phenomena in their own right. Locating drift within social, political, and spatial theory, the book also situates contemporary drift within the contested politics of the present day. Here the book explores the ways in which contemporary arrangements of power both promote and police drift; it also explores the experiential and collective politics of drift as a form of resistance to power. The book, in turn, highlights a distinctly North American form of drift—that of the train-hopping itine ... More

Keywords: drift, hobo, IWW, gutter punk, precarity, ghost method, absences, aftermaths, mistakes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295544
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295544.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff Ferrell, author
Texas Christian University

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