Provincializing urban political ecology : towards a situated UPE through African urbanism

Show simple item record Lawhon, Mary Ernstson, Henrik Silver, Jonathan 2014-03-27T10:23:06Z 2014-03
dc.description.abstract Urban political ecology (UPE) has provided critical insights into the sociomaterial construction of urban environments, their unequal distribution of resources, and contestation over power and resources. Most of this work is rooted in Marxist urban geographical theory, which provides a useful but limited analysis. Such works typically begin with a historical-materialist theory of power, then examine particular artifacts and infrastructure to provide a critique of society. We argue that there are multiple ways of expanding this framing, including through political ecology or wider currents of Marxism. Here, we demonstrate one possibility: starting from theory and empirics in the South, specifically, African urbanism. We show how African urbanism can inform UPE and the associated research methods, theory and practice to create a more situated UPE. We begin suggesting what a situated UPE might entail: starting with everyday practices, examining diffuse forms of power, and opening the scope for radical incrementalism. en_US
dc.description.librarian hb2014 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The Swedish research council Formas (“Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies”; Dnr: 250-2010-1372; WOK-UE) and the ESRC (“Urban Transitions: Climate Change, Global Cities, and the Transformation of Socio-Technical Networks”; award number RES-066-27-0002). en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Lawhon, M, Ernstson, H & Silver, J 2014, 'Provincializing urban political ecology : towards a situated UPE through African urbanism', Antipode, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 497-516. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0066-4812 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1467-8330 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/anti.12051
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en_US
dc.rights © 2013 The Authors. Antipode © 2013 Antipode Foundation Ltd. Wiley-Blackwell. The definite version is available at : en_US
dc.subject Urban political ecology en_US
dc.subject African urbanism en_US
dc.subject Everyday practice en_US
dc.subject Southern theory en_US
dc.subject Urban theory en_US
dc.title Provincializing urban political ecology : towards a situated UPE through African urbanism en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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