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Everyday EnvironmentalismCreating an Urban Political Ecology$
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Alex Loftus

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665716

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665716.001.0001

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The Urbanization of Nature

The Urbanization of Nature

Neil Smith and Posthumanist Controversies

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Urbanization of Nature
Everyday Environmentalism

Alex Loftus

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter begins by laying out the key claims of urban political ecologists before looking at how these claims build upon theses adapted and transformed from Neil Smith’s work on the “production of nature.” It then challenges misconceptions surrounding both bodies of work. It does this as a way of moving beyond the muted standoff between actor-network theory, nonrepresentational, posthumanist, and historical materialist approaches within geography and also as a way of moving beyond the crude juxtaposition of humanist and posthumanist positions. The chapter concludes by considering the ways in which such radical possibilities might be developed through a dialogue with the philosophy of praxis in Marx, Lukács, Gramsci, and Lefebvre. In many ways, the production of nature permits a radical rethinking of such work.

Keywords:   nature, society, political ecology, Neil Smith, Karl Marx, Georg Lukács, Antonio Gramsci, Henri Lefebvre

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