Why shipping is central to the very fabric of global capitalism | Laleh Khalili
Jun 03 2020
Laleh Khalili discusses 5 images taken from her journeys on container ships that illustrate aspects of global shipping incorporating work, automation, securitisation of ports, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her book, Sinews of War and Trade, is an account of how maritime transportation is not simply an enabling companion of trade, but central to the very fabric of global capitalism. The ports that serve maritime trade, logistics, and hydrocarbon transport create racialised hierarchies of labour, engineer the lived environment, aid the accumulation of capital regionally and globally, and carry forward colonial regimes of profit, law and administration.