Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Environment and Planning D: Society and Space is an international and interdisciplinary journal that provides a forum for the discussion of the mutually constitutive relation between the social and the spatial. It seeks to be philosophically sophisticated, to be practically relevant, and to concretely theorise a range of contemporary, historical, political, and cultural contexts.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, April

Agency, Affect, and the Immunological Politics of Disaster Resilience
Abstract. Resilience has become a foundational component within disaster management policy frameworks concerned with building 'cultures of safety' among vulnerable populations. These attempts at social engineering are justified through a discourse...
Biodiversity, Purity, and Death: Conservation Biology as Biopolitics
Abstract. This paper draws on the Foucauldian notion of biopower to renarrate the development of conservation science in the US as a form of liberal biopolitical rule. With its emphasis on making nature live, conservation marks a shift away from a...
Botanical Decolonization: Rethinking Native Plants
Abstract. In this paper we use an apparently marginal topic--'native plants'--to address two issues of concern to contemporary politics and political theory: the legacy of settler colonialism, and dilemmas of scholarship and activism in the 'Anthropocene'....
Dissolving City, Planetary Metamorphosis
Several decades ago, the urban--viewed as the sum of productive practices and historical experiences--was seen as the vehicle for new values and an alternative civilization. Such hopes are fading concurrently with the last illusions of modernity. Today...
Diving with Donna Haraway and the Promise of a Blue Planet
Abstract. It has been two decades since Haraway spoke about the 'promise of monsters', and seventy years since a novel kind of sea monster was created through the Aqua-Lung, giving 'underwater worlds' better access to humans. By revisiting and examining...
Gendering Fashion, Fashioning Fur: On the (Re)production of a Gendered Labor Market within a Craft Industry in Transition
Abstract. What are the implications of the new economy for gender equality in labor markets? Does an economy that privileges 'immaterial' labor (the production of ideas) over 'material' labor (the manual production of goods) signal the possibility...
Introduction to Henri Lefebvre's "Dissolving City, Planetary Metamorphosis"
Henri Lefebvre published this short, enigmatic essay in Le Monde diplomatique in 1989, two years before his death, presumably having written it at his family home in Navarrenx. At the time he was working with his circle of younger collaborators in...
Liveability and Urban Architectures: Mol(ecul)ar Biopower and the 'Becoming Lively' of Sustainable Communities
Abstract. Contemporary analyses of biopolitics and the governance of 'life itself' have concentrated on molecular processes in domains such as medicine and neuroscience. In this paper, I turn an analytical lens on urban architectures, with a focus...
Self-Reliance beyond Neoliberalism: Rethinking Autonomy at the Edges of Empire
Abstract. Across scholarly and popular accounts, self-reliance is often interpreted as either the embodiment of individual entrepreneurialism, as celebrated by neoliberal designs, or the basis for communitarian localism, increasingly imagined as central...
Street Renaming, Symbolic Capital, and Resistance in Durban, South Africa
Abstract. In early 2007 the African National Congress majority within the local government authority of Durban, South Africa, approved two phases of a street renaming process, which culminated in the renaming of over one hundred prominent streets after...
The Global as a Field: Children's Rights Advocacy as a Transnational Practice
Abstract. Research on transnationalism has called into question the much criticized but persistent dichotomy between the nation-state space as an 'inside', and the global realm as its constitutive 'outside'. This paper contributes to the emerging scholarship...
The Right to Infrastructure: A Prototype for Open Source Urbanism
Abstract. This paper develops an analytical framework to place the rise of open source urbanism in context, and develops the concept of the 'right to infrastructure' as expressive of new ecologies of urban relations that have come into being. It describes,...
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