Politicizing the Environment in the Urban Century

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This chapter focuses on the book’s central theme on how to organize anew the articulation between emancipatory theory and political activism. Framed against the background of five major transformations that deal with planetary urbanisation to de-politicization, we argue that while UPE and associated fields have offered ways to analyse the politics of nature, they have less to offer in terms of what to do, in terms of thinking with radical political activists about new imaginaries and practices of emancipatory socio-ecological change. In light of this, we present the chapters as enriching the approaches to re-centre the political in thought and action in environmental and urban studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene
Subtitle of host publicationInterruptions and Possibilities
EditorsHenrik Ernstson, Erik Swyngedouw
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781315210537
ISBN (Print)9781138629196, 9781138629189
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameQuestioning Cities


  • Urban political ecology
  • Anthropocene
  • Environmental studies
  • Urban studies

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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