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Author Ernstson, Henrik

Title Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-Obscene : Interruptions and Possibilities
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018


Description 1 online resource (291 pages)
Series Questioning Cities Ser
Questioning Cities Ser
Contents Cover; Endorsement; Half Title; Series Information; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of contents; Illustrations; Contributors; Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Politicizing the environment in the urban century; Introduction; A necessarily obscene interruption; Seismic transformations of earthly dynamics; Thinking, engaging, politicizing; Concluding remarks; Notes; References; Part I The political; 2 O Tempora! O Mores!: Interrupting the Anthropo-obScene; Introduction; AnthropoScenes: Staging the Anthropocene; A temporal disjuncture; A symmetrical ontology; A new cosmology
From biopolitical governance to necropoliticsThe depoliticized politics of the Anthropocene: An immuno-biopolitical fantasy; A relationality without excess; Acting ≠ political acting: Re-centring the political in the Anthropocene; Notes; References; 3 Value, nature, and the vortex of accumulation; Introduction; The co-production of value; The drive for surplus value; Rising productivity and the growth of throughput; Cheap inputs and the commodity frontier; Geographies at the frontiers of accumulation; The accumulation vortex and the ends of the Earth; Notes; References
4 "Hic Rhodus, hic salta!": Postcolonial remains and the politics of the Anthropo-ob(S)ceneFrom Sonora to disruption; Eclipsing politics; The politics of the Anthropo-ob(S)cene: Three interruptions; First interruption: The politics of time-against the futurism of the Anthropocene; Second interruption: The politics of translation-against the universalism of the Anthropocene; Third interruption: The politics of the performative-against the Anthropocene; Conclusion; Notes; References; Part II The situated
5 Political ecologies of dispossession and anticorruption: A radical politics for the Anthropocene?Introduction; Theories of corruption; Informality and the flexible governance of urban natures; Wetland grabs and contestations in Bangalore and Mumbai; Bangalore's Mantri Techzone; Mumbai's Bandra-Kurla Complex; Conclusion; Notes; References; 6 Uneven racial development and the abolition ecology of the city; Introduction; Uneven racial development and the metabolization of urbanizing nature; Toward an abolition ecology; Conclusions; References
7 Suffocating cities: Climate change as social-ecological violenceIntroduction; The urban political ecologies of the climate crisis; The violence of direct impacts: Saint-Louis drowning; The violence of secondary impacts: Accra's disrupted energy system; The violence of response: Restructuring Mbale; Suffocating cities; References; 8 Multi-vocal urban political ecology: In search of new sensibilities; Emergent urban realities; Africa's urban grassroots; Rogue sensibility, radical incrementalism, and multi-vocality; Through waste dumps and hip hop; Conclusion; References
Summary Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities centres on how to organize anew the articulation between emancipatory theory and political activism. Across its theoretical and empirical chapters, written by leading scholars from anthropology, geography, urban studies, and political science, the book explores new political possibilities that are opening up in an age marked by proliferating contestations, sharpening socio-ecological inequalities, and planetary processes of urbanization and environmental change. A deepened conversation between urban environmental studies and political theory is mobilized to chart a radically new direction for the field of urban political ecology and cognate disciplines: What could emancipatory politics be about in our time? What does a return of the political under the aegis of equality and freedom signal today in theory and in practice? How do political movements emerge that could re-invent equality and freedom as actually existing socio-ecological practices? The hope is to contribute discussions that can expand and rearrange critical environmental studies to remain relevant in a time of deepening depoliticization and the rise of post-truth politics. Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene will be of interest to postgraduates, established scholars, and upper level undergraduates from any discipline or field with an interest in the interface between the urban, the environment, and the political, including: geography, urban studies, environmental studies, and political science
Notes 9 Paved paradise: The suburb as chief artefact of the Anthropocene and terrain of new political performativities
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Subject Political ecology.
Urban geography.
human geography.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Environmental Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Human Geography.
Social-ecological Violence.
Uneven Racial Development.
Vortex of Accumulation.
Political ecology
Urban geography
Form Electronic book
Author Swyngedouw, Erik
ISBN 9781351809948