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. 35, February

Atmospheres of Stillness in Bristol's Bearpit
Abstract This paper studies atmospheres of stillness in a contested urban public space known as the 'Bearpit'. The purpose is to provide a nuanced account of stillness and its relationship to atmosphere. Drawing on an ethnographic examination of...
Gramsci and Foucault in Central Park: Environmental Hegemonies, Pedagogical Spaces and Integral State Formations
Abstract Gramsci's and Foucault's readings of power provide critical illuminations for understanding the linkage of state formations to urbanization and the spatial production of subjectivity. This article uses Central Park to illustrate how a combination...
Hos in the Garden: Staging and Resisting Neoliberal Creativity
Abstract This article takes up the challenge of extending and enhancing the literature on arts interventions and creative city policies by considering the role of feminist and queer artistic praxis in contemporary urban politics. Here I reflect...
Negotiating across Difference: Gendered Exclusions and Cooperation in the Shea Value Chain
Abstract Shea butter, derived from the African shea tree, has acquired a pivotal position in global agro-food and cosmetics industries. In Burkina Faso, public and private actors as well as civil society are converging upon the product to boost...
On Love as an (Im)properly Political Concept
Abstract Love has been theorized as a way to rebuild fractured communities, and a potential way to overcome differences on the political Left. However, might it be dangerous to invest so much potential in the power of love? In this paper, I reflect...
Peripheral Urbanization: Autoconstruction, Transversal Logics, and Politics in Cities of the Global South
Abstract Many cities around the world have been largely constructed by their residents, who build not only their own houses, but also frequently their neighborhoods. In this article, I use the notion of peripheral urbanization to analyze this way...
Re-Reading Worldliness: Hannah Arendt and the Question of Matter
Abstract Both new and historical materialisms have attracted a reputation for leading to 'bad politics'. Historical materialisms have been accused of reducing too much to material relations and their production, whereas new materialisms have been...
Security beyond Resilience
Abstract This review article reads across David Chandler's Resilience, Brad Evans and Julian Reid's Resilient Life and Elizabeth Povinelli's Economies of Abandonment to explore the possibilities for critical thought on security beyond resilience....
Shaping Subjects in Everyday Encounters: Intergenerational Recognition in Intersubjective Socialisation
Abstract This article considers the role of intergenerational recognition in processes of subject formation and political development. It leans on a broad conception of politics, following a phenomenologically oriented approach and drawing from...
States of Maintenance: Power, Politics, and Egypt's Irrigation Infrastructure
Abstract Egypt's irrigation infrastructure comprises a vast network of dams, canals, offtakes, and ditches, which direct water from the Nile throughout the Nile Valley and Delta to millions of farmers who rely on that water to cultivate their land....
Thinking Permeable Matter through Feminist Geophilosophy: Environmental Knowledge Controversy and the Materiality of Hydrogeologic Processes
Abstract In this paper, I argue that encounters with hydrogeologic processes encourage feminists to rethink the permeable surfaces between human bodies, ecological systems, and political events. Contemporary geographical accounts of environmental...
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