Urban Political Ecology Towards The Democratic Production Of Cyborg Cities

In sum, this collection seeks to suggest how urban political ecology provides an integrated and relational approach that helps untangle the interconnected economic, political, social and ecological processes that together form highly uneven urban socio-physical landscapes. Because the power-laden socio-ecological relations that go into the formation of urban environments constantly shift between groups of human and nonhuman actors and of spatial scales, historical-geographical insights into these ever-changing urban configurations are necessary for the sake of considering the future evolution of urban environments. An urban political ecological perspective permits new insights in the urban problematic and opens new avenues for re-centreing the urban as the pivotal terrain for eco-political action. To the extent that emancipatory urban politics reside in acquiring the power to produce urban environments in line with the aspirations, needs, and desires of those inhabiting these spaces, the capacity to produce the physical and social environment in which one dwells, the question of whose nature is or becomes urbanized must be at the forefront of any radical political action. And this is exactly what the contributions in this book attempt to illuminate. They also endeavour to open up a research agenda and a political platform that may set pointers for democratizing the politics through which cyborg cities are produced as both enabling and disempowering sites of living for humans and non-humans. "Urbanizing" the environment, therefore, is a project of social and physical environmental construction that actively produces the urban (and other) environments that we wish to inhabit today.

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