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Provincializing urban political ecology: Towards a situated UPE through African urbanism
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6415-4821
2014 (English)In: Antipode, ISSN 0066-4812, E-ISSN 1467-8330, Vol. 46, no 2, 497-516 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 aremultipleways 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.

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2014. Vol. 46, no 2, 497-516 p.
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african urbanism, everyday practice, southern theory, urban political ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145907DOI: 10.1111/anti.12051ISI: 000331247200009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84893830052OAI: diva2:721132
Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies (WOK-UE)Socioecological Movements in Urbanized Ecosystems (MOVE)
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Available from: 2014-06-03 Created: 2014-06-03 Last updated: 2014-09-22Bibliographically approved

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