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The March issue of Antipode – volume 46, number 2 – is out now…
Precarious Lives in the Global South: On Being Disabled in Guyana by Vera Chouinard
The Mediation and Remediation of Disaster: Hurricanes Katrina and Felix in/and the New Media Environment by Julie Cupples and Kevin Glynn
Between Tragedy and Farce: 9/11 Compensation and the Value of Life and Death by Emily Gilbert and Corey Ponder
Street Theatre as Democratic Politics in Ahmedabad by Caleb Johnston and Dakxin Bajrange
Provincialising Urban Political Ecology: Towards a Situated UPE Through African Urbanism by Mary Lawhon, Henrik Ernstson and Jonathan Silver
The Social Production of Latin@ Visibilities and Invisibilities: Geographies of Power in Small Town America by Adela C. Licona and Marta Maria Maldonado
Foodscapes and the Geographies of Poverty: Sustenance, Strategy, and Politics in an Urban Neighbourhood by Christiana Miewald and Eugene McCann
Subaltern Empowerment in the Geoweb: Tensions between Publicity and Privacy by Jason C. Young and Michael P. Gilmore
Here, Mary Lawhon (University of Pretoria), Henrik Ernstson (Stanford University) and Jonathan Silver (Durham University) introduce their paper, ‘Provincializing Urban Political Ecology: Towards a Situated UPE Through African Urbanism’, with a video abstract.
As Mary and her colleagues explain, urban political ecology has provided critical insights into the sociomaterial construction of urban environments, their unequal distribution of resources, and contestations over power and resources. Most of this work is rooted in Marxist urban geographical theory, which provides a useful but limited analysis; such works typically begin with a historical-materialist theory of power, then examine particular artifacts and infrastructure to provide a critique of society. The paper argues that there are multiple ways of expanding this framing, and goes on to demonstrate one possibility, starting from theory and empirics in the South. It shows how African urbanism can inform UPE and associated research methods, theory and practice to create a more situated UPE. It suggests what a situated UPE might entail, starting with everyday practices, examining diffuse forms of power, and opening the scope for radical incrementalism.
You can read more from Mary, Henrik and Jonathan here.