Jim Mac Laughlin is a political geographer and social scientist whose research interests have been broadly concerned with geographies of closure as they have impacted on groups that have been socially and geographically excluded from national and global societies. He has taught a wide variety of university courses in the social sciences and geography, mostly at University College, Cork, where has lectured for over twenty-five years. Originally from Moville, Co. Donegal, he now lives in Cork and is married to sociologist Ethel Crowley. They continue to travel widely, and regularly, in Latin America, India, Europe and North Africa. They are both passionate about all things Spanish and Latin. Jim took early retirement in 2009 in order to devote more time to travelling, writing and living. Although he now regards Cork city and county as his home, he is a confirmed northerner with an abiding and strong attachment to the Inishowen peninsula. He loves the country, Ethel, Beamish, a full moon over the lake, the back streets of world cities, good music, swallows, ordinary pubs, nice people, good writing and his dog Bonnie. A lifelong ‘leftie’ and natural-born anarchist, he hates hierarchies, bureaucracies, and all types of snobbery.