Space of globalization: Reasserting the power of the local, , , Governance innovation and the citizen: the Janus face of. Erik Swyngedouw holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He also holds Master’s Degrees in both. Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at Manchester University and the author of Liquid Power: Contested Hydro-Modernities in.

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Log In Sign Up. Add Social Profiles Facebook, Twitter, etc. In this chapter of the book Water Justice Cambridge University Press, edited by Boelens, Vos and Perreault, Erik Swyngedouw and Rutgerd Boelens, examine the interaction among the evolving political ideologies and socio- cultural Starting with a late nineteenth century naturalistic vision that considered unjust the physical distribution of water and rainfall, a broad- based progressive, hydraulic revival movement regeneracionismo emerged.

Immuno-biopolitics and Depoliticising Ontologies in the Anthropocene more.

We first examine how various AnthropoScenes, while internally xwyngedouw and heterogeneous, ranging from geo-engineering and Earth System science to more-than-human and object oriented ontologies, places things and beings, human and non-human, within a particular swyngedoue straitjacket that does not allow for a remainder or constitutive outside.

Errik risks deepening an immunological bio-political fantasy that promises adaptive and resilient terraforming, an earth system management of sorts that permits life as we know it to continue for some, while turning into a necropolitics for others. Second, we develop a sqyngedouw political perspective in relation to our dramatically changing socioe-cological situation.

This perspective understands the political in terms of performance and, in an Arendtian manner, re-opens the political as forms of public-acting in common that subtracts from or exceeds what is gestured to hold socio-ecological constellations together. This paper was accepted eril publication in Nov to be published in This manuscript was accepted for publication on 21 Swynhedouw in the journal Swyngerouw, Culture and Society.

This version is the last version we submitted. It will still be some weeks before its published on-line. Political TheoryPolitical Ecologyand Anthropocene. Neoliberalisation from the Ground Up: In this paper we argue that ‘assetisation’ has been a central axis through which both neoliberalisation and financialisation have encroached in the post-Fordist era. We focus on the mobilisation of land as a financial asset in northwest We focus on the mobilisation of land as a financial asset in northwest England’s former industrial heartlands, offering an account of how property developer ‘The Peel Group’ came to dominate the land and port infrastructure of the region through aggressive debt-led expansion and, in particular, a hostile takeover of the Manchester Ship Canal for its land-bank.

In doing so, we illustrate how the capture of local resources by private corporations has shaped both substance and process of neoliberalisation from the ground up. By focusing on transformative struggles over land we contribute to research agendas attempting to understand the systemically dispossessive nature of assetisation, its relationship to fictitious capital formation, and the way in which such neoliberalising transformations are produced through grounded and situated socio-spatial struggle.

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Neoliberal Urbanization in Europe: A regulation approach to the geography of flexible production systems more. In the postwar period, we experienced a continuous spatial expansion of Fordist production The precondition of this type of accumulation is the systematization of the Environment and Planning D: Technological networks water, gas, electricity, information etc. They are the mediators through sywngedouw the perpetual process of transformation of nature into city takes place. In this article, we In this article, we take water and water networks as an emblematic example to excavate the shifting meanings of urban technological networks during modernity.

Indeed, as water becomes commodified and fetishized, nature itself becomes re-invented in its urban form aesthetic, moral, cultural codings of hygiene, purity, cleanliness etc.

Burying the flow of water via subterranean and often distant pinpointed technological mediations dams, purification plants, pumping swyyngedouw facilitates and contributes to masking the social relations through which the metabolic urbanization of water takes place.

The veiled subterranean networking of water facilitates the severing of sayngedouw intimate bond between use value, exchange value and social power. Dams, water towers, sewage systems and the like were celebrated as glorious icons, carefully designed, ornamented and prominently located in the city, celebrating the modern promise of progress.

During swyngedojw high-modernity, the symbolic and material shrines of progress started to lose their mobilizing powers and began to disappear from the cityscape. Water towers, dams and plants became mere engineering constructs, often abandoned and dilapidated, while the water flows disappeared underground and in-house.

They also disappeared from the urban imagination. We conclude that the dystopian underbelly of swyngddouw city that at times springs up in the form swyjgedouw accumulated waste, dirty water, pollution, or social disintegration, produces a sharp contrast when set against the increasingly managed clarity of the urban environment.

These contradictions are becoming difficult swyngedow be contained or displaced. We outline a first framing of a conference and planned edited book: Planetary and uneven urbanisation; 2.

Multipolar world order including the postcolonial critique of knowledge production ; and 3. Let’s Drink to the Great Thirst! Water and the Politics of Fractured Techno-natures in Sicily more.

AbstractThis article analyses the disjointed, incomplete and often malfunctioning techno-natural networks that make up the Sicilian hydraulic system and the social power relations associated with them, which shape access to and AbstractThis article analyses the disjointed, incomplete and often malfunctioning techno-natural networks that make up the Sicilian hydraulic system and the social power relations associated with them, which shape access to and distribution of water in Sicily.

We focus on how the perceived, and occasionally real, water scarcity on the island may be understood as a socio-environmental or techno-natural problem deriving from a combination of ecological, political and socio-economic factors. First, we show how a particular set of socio-environmental relations and entanglements has characterized this region since the unification of Italy in the mid-nineteenth century.

These relations have proven to be extremely resilient over time because of their ability to adapt to changing political and economic contexts. We examine those relations and entanglements through considering the techno-natural water infrastructures on the island and how they express particular political and social power configurations. Our main empirical focus is on the Sicilian water crisis of summerwhich was a particularly revelatory moment as far as the socio-natural power relations involved in access to water were concerned.


The prolonged interruptions of water supply between May and September created considerable urban social unrest and brought the water issue to the centre of an extremely polarized and intense public debate.

More importantly, this ruling group also proved extremely skilful in presenting their age-old solutions to the crisis, mainly based on the construction of additional hydraulic infrastructure, in the context of a national structural reform of the water sector which, at least nominally, should have challenged the status quo.

We conclude that the crisis produced little change in the articulation of social relations around water and, furthermore, that it provided yet another example of how Sicily’s hegemonic powers base their survival on their continuing ability to adapt their discourse and practice to the changing contexts in which they operate.

This article analyses the disjointed, incomplete and often swyngddouw techno-natural networks that make up the Sicilian hydraulic system and the social power relations associated with them, which shape access to and distribution of water in Sicily.

Jan 1, Publication Name: International Erjk of Urban and Regional Research. The book features 11 chapters that contribute to the debate on the tensions and contradictions between social justice and environmental justice at different levels.

The chapters are grounded on a range of political-ecological perspectives The chapters are grounded on a range of political-ecological perspectives and present conceptual debates based on empirical evidence from research on water-related topics from Europe swhngedouw Latin America. States of water more. This chapter outlines the aims and content of this volume, delving into the complex and often hidden connection between water, technological advancement and the nation-state.

Erik Swyngedouw

The chapter initially delineates the main theoretical and The chapter initially delineates the main theoretical and conceptual approaches underpinning our understanding of how water resources are enmeshed with multiscalar processes related to technology and the nation-state. It then provides an overview of the contributions to this volume, outlining how all of the case studies unfold through choreographies of oppression and domination, swyngedouuw also, and inevitably, bringing to the fore the opportunity to enact strategies of resistance and contestation aimed at sharing water resources more equally.

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