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Is there an indigenous knowledge in the urban North?: Re/inventing local knowledge and communities in the struggles overgarbage and incinerators in Campania, Italy
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. (Department of History of Science, technology and Environment, Environmental Humanities Laboratory)
2014 (English)In: Estudos de Sociologia, ISSN 1415-000X, Vol. 1, no 20Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with the narratives about environmental struggles over garbage facilities in Campania, Italy, a region which, in the last decades, has become the worldwide icon of the failure in the management of its own metabolism. In particular I analyze the narratives about the activists involved in the struggles and their creative interaction with scientific knowledge. My thesis is that ecological conflicts--at least in this specific case--have been producers of communities and knowledges. Instead of reinforcing the narrative about “natural” communities living in a space of radically otherness and oppressed by global villains, I would like to explore the interstitial South, mixed with the North and its science and contradictions. Using a collection of interviews and some grassroots documentaries about the crisis and the mobilization, I analyze the rising of a collective knowledge and the making of communities through the very experience of resistance to the governmentality plan of waste disposal.

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Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Departamento de Sociologia. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Sociologia , 2014. Vol. 1, no 20
Keyword [en]
Environnemental justice. Garbage. Knowledge. Nápoles (Italy)
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-148032OAI: diva2:734370

QC 20140912

Available from: 2014-07-16 Created: 2014-07-16 Last updated: 2014-09-12Bibliographically approved

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