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What Feminist Epistemology has to Offer to Reflexive Migration Studies

Khazaei, Faten

(Working Papers MAPS ; 4)

This paper investigates the normative, epistemological, and methodological challenges of achieving reflexivity in migration studies, and it suggests a better engagement with feminist epistemology as a solution to these challenges. Specifically, it argues that feminist standpoint theory and the situated knowledge paradigm can contribute to critically interrogating key concepts in the field and...

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Precarity among mobile academics: The price of a (successful) academic career?

Schaer, Martine

(Working Papers MAPS ; 3)

In the early stages of their career, academics often move abroad for fixed-term positions, urged by the normative imperative to gain international experience and the need to accept academic opportunities where they arise. This paper examines the obstacles and challenges that three academics who engaged in a series of mobility episodes confronted and how they articulated competing demands from...

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Interdépendances et collaborations dans les systèmes agro-alimentaires : penser l’autonomie en agriculture au-delà de l’agricole

Forney, Jérémie

(Working Papers MAPS ; 1)

Prenant le contre-pied d’une vision individualiste de l’autonomie, de nombreuses pratiques de collaboration se déploient dans les mondes agricoles avec pour but notamment de faire gagner en autonomie les agriculteurs qui les portent. Ces actions rappellent que le contraire de l’indépendance est la dépendance, et non l’interdépendance (Emery 2015) et que l’autonomisation passe...

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Drought-Induced Human Displacement in Turkey

Delju, Amir H. ; Piguet, Etienne ; Rebebez, Martine ; Ceylan, Abdullah

(Working Papers MAPS ; 5)

This paper analyses the correlation between drought spells, using the Standardized Precipitation Index and internal migration in rural communities in Turkey between 2007 and 2015. It aims to assess the quantified and evidencebased relationship between the compound effect of drought and migration in Turkey. As the correlation coefficient between the SPI and the Rate of Net Migration showed direct...

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Urban Production from Manufacturing to Financialisation : the Case of China

Theurillat, Thierry ; Rime, Delphine ; Crevoisier, Olivier

(Working Papers MAPS ; 1)

During the twentieth Century, urban production theories considered manufacturing as the main engine for development. Today, financialization of real estate as well as mobile consumer’s expenses have developed at a larger scale and play an increasing role. We argue that this shift affects the Global South as well as the Global North. The Chinese case shows the relevance of a territorial...

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Legitimacy, distantiation and the ecology of knowledge production in the Norwegian asylum procedure

Rosset, Damian

(Working Papers MAPS ; 2)

The strict separation between the production of country of origin information (COI) and the assessment of asylum applications is a fundamental norm in the professional practice of COI producers. By looking at the Norwegian COI unit, this article examines the way this separation is materialized through an infrastructure of distantiation built around COI production sites. This apparatus is...

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Professional drone usage in Switzerland : results of a quantitative survey of public and private drone users

Klauser, Francisco ; Pauschinger, Dennis ; Pedrozo, Silvana ; Stuber, Lea ; Placì, Rahel

(Working Papers MAPS ; 2)

In recent years, drones have become much more accessible as professional tools for public and private actors. The technology has been integrated into everyday working routines and has created new professional fields. These developments have sparked increased media attention and socio-political debate regarding the opportunities and risks of drone use, and the necessary regulatory response....

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Cutting out the middleman : a case study of blockchain-induced reconfigurations in the Swiss financial services industry

Witzig, Pascal ; Salomon, Victoriya

(Working Papers MAPS ; 1)

Blockchain-technology promises to have far-reaching economic and social implications, which are not yet foreseeable in its extent. It threatens to disintermediate many wellestablished sectors of the economy, and incumbent businesses might be overtaken by ambitious newcomers. The financial services industry is particularly “ripe for disintermediation” since blockchain-technology has with...

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Globalisation postindustrielle et milieux locaux : une typologie

Guex, Delphine ; Crevoisier, Olivier

(Working Papers MAPS ; 1)

Dans la société industrielle, le développement des régions dépendait de leur insertion dans la globalisation par la production, de leur positionnement dans la division du travail : c’est la compétitivité. Désormais, la globalisation se joue également au niveau de la consommation. Cette dimension est abordée dans la littérature, par exemple par Markusen (Markusen, 2007; Markusen &...

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Drones militaires suisses et espace frontalier : une étude critique de la surveillance exercée par les gardes-frontières

Pedrozo, Silvana

(Working Papers MAPS ; 8)

Le présent article s’intéresse aux relations que les gardes-frontières suisses entretiennent avec l’espace frontalier depuis l’utilisation de systèmes de drones militaires (ADS 95 Ranger) pour des missions de surveillance. Dans un premier temps, l’article commence par mettre en évidence comment l’emploi de ces appareils volants rend possible et limite l’acquisition de nouvelles...