Urban Political Ecology: Bodies, Social Reproduction and Everyday Life

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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Astor Ballroom III, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Archie Davies, James Angel
Chairs: Kendra Strauss


This session seeks to deepen the dialogue between urban political ecology and theories of the body and everyday life. Urban political ecology provides a valuable lens through which to interrogate the power-laden production of urban environments, undoing reactionary binaries between the city and nature and offering possibilities for imagining and enacting more democratic socionatural trajectories (Swyngedouw 1996, Heynen, Kaika and Swyngedouw 2006, Heynen 2014). Yet recent years have seen calls for an urban political ecology more closely attuned to the sensibilities, senses and rhythms of everyday life (Loftus 2012). Urban environments are produced through the dialectical relation between waged and unwaged labour, yet thus far urban political ecological engagements with the "fleshy, messy" (Katz 2001) work of social reproduction has been relatively sparse. For Doshi (2017) there is a need for a more "embodied" urban political ecology, beginning from the body as the site at which contested socioecological processes are made and remade.


Doshi, S. (2017) Embodied urban political ecology: five propositions. Area 49(1): 125–128

Heynen, N. (2014) Urban political ecology I: The urban century. Progress in Human Geography 38(4) 598–604

Heynen N, Kaika M, and Swyngedouw E (eds) (2006) In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism. Abingdon: Routledge

Katz, C. (2001) Vagabond Capitalism and the Necessity of Social Reproduction. Antipode 33(4): 709–728

Loftus A (2012) Everyday Environmentalism: Creating an Urban Political Ecology. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Nina Fraeser*, , Everyday resistance in-between public and private spaces 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Carolyn Prouse*, University of Toronto, The Maternal Body as Ecological Vulnerability and Fix 20 5:40 PM
Discussant Sapana Doshi University of Arizona, Tucson 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Aaron Vansintjan*, , Foodways of the gentrified, North and South 20 6:20 PM
Presenter Solange Muñoz*, University of Tennessee, Routine forced mobility: Keeping the urban poor on the move 20 6:40 PM

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