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Neoliberal Urban Environmentalism and the Adaptive City: Towards a Critical Urban Theory and Climate Change

Whitehead, Mark While, Aidan (Editor) ; Whitehead, Mark (Editor)

Urban Studies, May 2013, Vol.50(7), pp.1348-1367 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Neoliberal Urban Environmentalism and the Adaptive City: Towards a Critical Urban Theory and Climate Change
  • Autor: Whitehead, Mark
  • While, Aidan (Editor) ; Whitehead, Mark (Editor)
  • Assuntos: Sociology & Social History
  • É parte de: Urban Studies, May 2013, Vol.50(7), pp.1348-1367
  • Descrição: This paper explores the potential contribution of critical urban theory to the intellectual and political debates surrounding climate change. While it is possible to identify an emerging strand of critical enquiry concerning the role of cities in facilitating climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, this paper argues that the full implications of critical urban theory to climate change studies have yet to be realised. In this paper, critical urban theory is understood as an approach (or set of approaches) to the city that recognises the contingent form of urban politics and policy, while asserting that, far from being an inevitable and politically neutral process, urbanisation is an expression of intersecting regimes of social power. This paper utilises critical urban theory as a basis for analysing emerging urban climate adaptation strategies. The analysis presented here asserts that contemporary adaptation policies are being framed by neoliberal practices of market-oriented governance, enhanced privatisation and urban environmental entrepreneurialism. This paper exposes some of the key contradictions that are inherent within neoliberalised urban climate change adaptation strategies and suggests how it might be possible to develop more progressive adaptation regimes.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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