Urban political ecology: An emerging field for the analysis of socioenvironmental change in urban areas

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Abstract

Urban political ecology has emerged as a discipline that provides an innovative methodology and a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of the socioenvironmental change taking place in urban settings. The greater barriers on attaining urban sustainability are also political, and objectives and possibilities are subject to power relations. These goals may be achieved in a certain place through the analysis of two key elements: 1) the political, social, economic, cultural and environmental driving forces that produce urban landscapes, and 2) the structure and organization of power relationships and their institutional and social expression. Then, the question would shift from the ascertaining «sustainable practices» to the understanding of the conditions that promote the adoption of certain «sustainable practices» over others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-178
JournalDocuments d'Analisi Geografica
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006

Keywords

  • Political ecology
  • Socionatures
  • Uneven development
  • Urbanization

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