Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities

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"Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities" centres on how to organize anew the articulation between emancipatory theory and political activism.

Across its theoretical and empirical chapters, written by leading scholars from anthropology, geography, urban studies, and political science, the book explores new political possibilities that are opening up in an age marked by proliferating contestations, sharpening socio-ecological inequalities, and planetary processes of urbanization and environmental change. A deepened conversation between urban environmental studies and political theory is mobilized to chart a radically new direction for the field of urban political ecology and cognate disciplines: What could emancipatory politics be about in our time? What does a return of the political under the aegis of equality and freedom signal today in theory and in practice? How do political movements emerge that could re-invent equality and freedom as actually existing socio-ecological practices? The hope is to contribute discussions that can expand and rearrange critical environmental studies to remain relevant in a time of deepening depoliticization and the rise of post-truth politics.

"Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene" will be of interest to postgraduates, established scholars, and upper level undergraduates from any discipline or field with an interest in the interface between the urban, the environment, and the political, including: geography, urban studies, environmental studies, and political science.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon & New York
Number of pages272
ISBN (Electronic)9781315210537
ISBN (Print)9781138629196, 9781138629189
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameQuestioning Cities


  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Political Ecology
  • Urban Political Ecology
  • Human Geography
  • Urban Studies
  • Anthropocene

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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