Here we present a reading list which aims to tackle one of the greatest issues facing us today. We are in the midst of a global climate crisis and experiencing the extreme challenges of urbanization.
Sheller shows how power and inequality inform the governance and control of movement. She connects the body, street, city, nation, and planet in one overarching theory of the modern, perpetually shifting world. To further the struggle for climate justice, we need to have some idea how the existing global order is likely to adjust to a rapidly changing environment. The result will be a capitalist planetary sovereignty, a terrifying eventuality that makes the construction of viable, radical alternatives truly imperative.
A Marxist Ecological Vision
Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated the Earth. In a world careening towards climate chaos, nature is dead.
It can no longer be separated from society. Everything is a blur of hybrids, where humans possess no exceptional agency to set them apart from dead matter. But is it really so? In this blistering polemic and theoretical manifesto, Andreas Malm develops a counterargument: in a warming world, nature comes roaring back, and it is more important than ever to distinguish between the natural and the social.
Only with a unique agency attributed to humans can resistance become conceivable. What is it that makes humans human?
As science and technology challenge the boundaries between life and non-life, between organic and inorganic, this ancient question is more timely than ever. Acclaimed object-oriented philosopher Timothy Morton invites us to consider this philosophical issue as eminently political. In our relationship with nonhumans, we decide the fate of our humanity. How did we get to this point? The more we know about the catastrophic implications of climate change, the more fossil fuels we burn.
How did we end up in this mess? In this masterful new history, Andreas Malm claims it all began in Britain with the rise of steam power. Our best hope lies not with fortified sea walls, he argues. Rather, it lies with urban movements already fighting to remake our cities in a more just and equitable way.
How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? George Monbiot shows how new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as the supreme altruists and cooperators.
Does oil wealth lead to political poverty? In this magisterial study, Timothy Mitchell rethinks the history of energy, bringing into his grasp as he does so environmental politics, the struggle for democracy, and the place of the Middle East in the modern world. Urban planning and the post-colonial state in Africa: a research overview.
Zed Books. Seminal texts: Simon, D. Cities, capital and development: African cities in the world economy. Rakodi, C. The urban challenge in Africa: Growth and management of its large cities. United Nations Univ.
Davidson, B. The lost cities of Africa. The works of Akin Mabogunje; for an overview, click here.
Other texts we found particularly useful: De Boeck, F. Antwerp: Ludon Freund, B.
London: Routledge Stefan, K. Urban Political Ecology. Overviews: Heynen, N. Urban political ecology I: The urban century. Progress in Human Geography , Keil R Urban political ecology: A progress report. Empirical cases African Gandy M Planning, anti-planning and the infrastructure crisis facing metropolitan Lagos. Urban Studies 43 2 — Lawhon M Flows, friction and the sociomaterial metabolization of alcohol. Burlington, Vt. The urban political ecology of plastic bag waste problem in Nairobi, Kenya.
Related Ecology and Revolution: Global Crisis and the Political Challenge (Environmental Politics and Theory)
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