The conclusion not only synthesizes the major points about, but argues that urban anthropology (and urban ethnography more broadly) has hitherto neglected the symbolic and practical importance of environmental issues. Not only will addressing urban ecology reconnect urban ethnographers with issues facing residents (and those being addressed by policy makers) but a focus on nature in the city offers a way to reconceptualize the meaning of both ideas, which are falsely imagined as opposites. Finally, on a somewhat different note, the book uses the example of the Jardins d’Éole to propose that the key to maintaining a socially, culturally, and politically vibrant urban space lays concept of a commons, which should remains somewhat unpredictable: not quite chaotic, but beyond any one group’s monopolistic control. The book demonstrates how spaces like the Jardins d’Éole show how promising—and ephemeral—such places can be.
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