Ornamental plants and the production of nature(s) in the Spanish real estate boom and bust: The case of Alicante

María Hernandez, Alfredo Morales, David Sauri

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Abstract

The Spanish real estate boom and bust of the 2000s caused immense economic, social, and environmental changes across the country. Massive urbanization, however, does not necessarily entail the end of nature and natural processes, instead marking a radical transformation of environments and societies. Through a political ecology approach, we analyze how ornamental species have become a fundamental part of new natures induced by urbanization in the Spanish province of Alicante. We connect the economic and ecological characteristics of ornamental plants like the palm tree to urbanization and real estate trends in Alicante. Our evidence indicates that, in Alicante, economic recession and environmental crises (manifested in the pests affecting palm trees) have mutually reinforced one other, creating a new geography of ecological desolation in many areas. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-85
JournalUrban Geography
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • crisis
  • ornamental plants
  • political ecology
  • real estate
  • Spain
  • urbanization

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