Cities and the Politics of Sustainability

Roger Keil and Mark Whitehead

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Cities and the Politics of Sustainability

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This article examines the urban politics of sustainability. It describes some of the concrete dilemmas present in today's urban development, where growth and environment/nature are repositioned toward each other in novel ways. The article outlines some of the major historical developments through which the notion of sustainability has been linked to cities and discusses major conceptual debates that relate to urban sustainability. It argues that a new urban “politics of nature” must, by necessity, address ecological relationships in the context of human sociality.

Keywords: sustainability; urban politics; urban development; cities; urban sustainability; politics of nature; human sociality

Article.  10402 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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