In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology And The Politics Of Urban Metabolism by Nik HeynenIn the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology And The Politics Of Urban Metabolism by Nik Heynen

In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology And The Politics Of Urban Metabolism

EditorNik Heynen, Maria Kaika, Erik Swyngedouw

Paperback | January 20, 2006

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The social and material production of urban nature has recently emerged as an important area in urban studies, human/environmental interactions and social studies. This has been prompted by the recognition that the material conditions that comprise urban environments are not independent from social, political, and economic processes, or from the cultural construction of what constitutes the 'urban' or the 'natural'. Through both theoretical and empirical analysis, this groundbreaking collection offers an integrated and relational approach to untangling the interconnected processes involved in forming urban landscapes.

The essays in this book attest that the re-entry of the ecological agenda into urban theory is vital both in terms of understanding contemporary urbanization processes, and of engaging in a meaningful environmental politics. They debate the central themes of whose nature is, or becomes, urbanized, and the uneven power relations through which this socio-metabolic transformation takes place.

Including urban case studies, international research and contributions from prominent urban scholars, this volume will enable students, scholars and researchers of geographical, environmental and urban studies to better understand how interrelated, everyday economic, political and cultural processes form and transform urban environments.

Nik Heynen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Maria Kaika is Lecturer in Urban Geography, at the University of Oxford and Erik Swyngedouw is a Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.
Title:In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology And The Politics Of Urban MetabolismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.65 inPublished:January 20, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415368286

ISBN - 13:9780415368285


Table of Contents

ForwardDavid HarveyPart 1 The Production of Urban Natures and Urban Political Ecology1. IntroductionErik Swyngedouw,Nik Heynen and Maria Kaika2. Sylvan City: The social production of urban natureEliza Darling and Neil Smith3. Urbanizing Political Ecology: A perspective from TorontoRoger Keil and Julie-Anne BourdreauPart 2: Urban Metabolisms4. Circulations and Metabolism: Hybrid natures and cyborg citiesErik Swyngedouw5. The Desire to Metabolize NatureStuart Oliver6. Cyborg Urbanization: Water, urban infrastructure and the modern cityMatthew Gandy7. Monuments, Medians and Metabolims: Contradictions inherent to the appropriation of Avenida De La Reforma's built environment for consumptionNik Heynen8 Clogging up the City: The metabolism of fat in bodies, sewers and citiesSimon Marvin and Will Medd9. Urban Metabolism as Target: Contemporary war as forced demodernisationStephen GrahamPart 3: The Ecology of Urban Politics10. Transnational Alliances and Global Politics: New geographies of urban environmental justice strugglesDavid N Pellow11. Constructing Scarcity and Sensationalising Water Politics: 170 days that shook AthensMaria Kaika12. Dead Spaces in the City of Extremes: Observations from the great Chicago heat waveEric Klinenberg13. Reconnecting with the Means of Existence in DurbanAlex Loftus14. Looking at the Public/Private Water Debate in South Africa Through the Prism of an Urban Political Ecology FrameworkLaila Smith15. Turfgrass Subjects: The political economy of suburban lawn monoculturePaul Robbins16. At the Edge: Fragmented ecologies in PhiladelphiaAlec BrownlowConclusions and the Way ForwardErik Swyngedouw, Nik Heynen and Maria Kaika