iPad controversy highlights growing inequality in China

In the week that Apple became the worlds most valuable hi-tech company, the organisation has faced criticism for the working conditions of production line workers in China. This article looks at the work in Geography around commodification and globalisation and reflects on the inequality that these processes can bring.

Place Politics: A Facelift for Colombo Slums

This article foregrounds Government plans in Sri Lanka to re-develop ‘slum’ dwellings around Colombo, providing brick houses for the residents. Whilst encouraging, the slums are situated on prime real estate around the capital city. This potential conflict of interests could lead to the fragmentation of existing kinship and friendship networks in the slums, which are often the greatest asset the residents have in their fight for survival. Hence the article draws attention to Geographical research done around the world that highlights the potential social impacts of urban gentrification.