Jacob Henry

Jacob Henry
University of Namibia | UNAM · Department of Sociology

PhD
Research Affiliate @ University of Namibia. Owner of www.reviseandresubmit.com, an editing service for human geographers

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Introduction
I write about the cultural politics of schooling and work in Namibia. Always raging against jobs. Sometimes I have thoughts on international volunteers.
Education
August 2017 - May 2021
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Field of study
  • Geography
September 2016 - August 2017
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Field of study
  • Anthropology
August 2012 - May 2016
Elmhurst College
Field of study
  • Sociology

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Publications (15)
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Travel blogs are an under-utilized data repository of everyday geopolitical musings. These public, longform, generally reflexive texts allow researchers to better understand how travellers narrate their own positionality and agency within limiting state structures. Geopolitics scholars of varying theoretical and topical interests can use travel blo...
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In development discourse, schools are charged with readying the labor force for imminent job creation, which will lead to full employment. However, I argue that policy goals which aim toward full-employment are inherently inadequate given trends in the global political economy. A contradiction emerges: schools are deployed to ready a labor force fo...
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Scholars argue that international volunteering must not be framed as altruism or charity; rather, it should invoke themes from decolonial justice theorizing. Volunteers who have benefited from colonialimperial structural advantages should understand their labor as a kind of reparation for ongoing structural dispossession. I argue that spatial imagi...
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Studying the ways whiteness contorts across geographies is important to understanding the weaknesses of racial paradigms that enable domination and dispossession. This paper analyzes how whiteness is discursively revised and re-affirmed in contemporary spaces of transit by studying the online personal blogs of white Americans who volunteered as cla...
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Despite fairly widespread popularity, slum tourism is enmeshed in moralizing debate. Supporters acknowledge that slum tourism may sometimes be problematic, but also may potentially be an important pedagogical experience which reveals the horrors of capitalism to westerners. Plus, supporters argue, there is no morality in aversion – we should never...
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This review outlines two directions for the critical geographies of education (CGE), an emergent subfield of critical human geography. Firstly, it rehearses Marxist critiques of schooling and suggests that CGE should not treat existent mass, compulsory schooling (or perhaps even the concept of mass, compulsory schooling) as an automatic social good....
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Journal of Namibian Studies https://namibian-studies.com/index.php/JNS/article/view/8333 Contact me for a copy.
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A common refrain – the pedagogical call – reverberates through critical volunteer tourism studies. It demands that counter-hegemonic ‘pedagogy’ be deployed to educate and implicate volunteers. However, while the pedagogical call is oft-repeated, it has remained theoretically and methodologically stagnant. This note offers three avenues for further...
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Many scholars studying international volunteering call for a pedagogy of social justice to accompany the experience. Very few outline any kind of comprehensive vision of how such a pedagogy might work. I take stock of the critiques, challenges, opportunities, and desired outcomes of a pedagogy of social justice in international volunteering in an e...
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This study takes seriously the tourist's desire to feel like a local and examines how walking tour guides work toward fulfilling that desire. The paper examines some of the techniques used by urban walking tour guides to convey local cultural cues. The tourist, armed with these cues, may feel able to fit into a new culture as a quasi-insider. Throu...
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Media Review of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
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The essay is organized as follows: first, I outline the rationale for rooting a public pedagogy of the privileged in voluntourism and the challenges it will face as it raises consciousness in a racist, class-divided society. Second, I examine the oppression embedded in current voluntourism in order to conceptualize what pedagogical voluntourism wou...

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This study will investigate the cultural responses to making a living in spaces that capitalism has abandoned. This will help scholars theorize the realities and possibilities emergent in a new, and increasingly prevalent, kind of reality: the post-wage. Specific foci on the cultural politics of school and jobs.
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International volunteering is a site in which the power structures of our world--race, class, gender, geopolitical, and others--become evident to all. The structural violence embedded in everyday Northern life is on full-display and must either be diffused or accepted.