Between the marvellous and the mundane: everyday life in the socialist city and the politics of the environment

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dc.contributor.author Whitehead, Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-15T09:28:59Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-15T09:28:59Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Whitehead , M 2005 , ' Between the marvellous and the mundane: everyday life in the socialist city and the politics of the environment ' Environment and Planning D: Society and Space , vol 23 , no. 2 , pp. 273-294 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0263-7758
dc.identifier.other PURE: 95402
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1599
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1599
dc.description Whitehead, Mark, (2005) 'Between the marvellous and the mundane: everyday life in the socialist city and the politics of the environment', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 23(2) pp.273-294 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract In a recent essay on modernisation and ecology, Latour claimed that the environmental movement had lost important ground within political debate. He argued that this reversal in political fortunes had in part emerged out of an internal tension within the environmental movement itself -- a tension between overinflation and banalisation. In this paper I analyse the nature of the purporte d processes of overinflation and banalisation within contemporary ecological politics, and explore ways in which it is possible to image a reinvention of environmental politics, forged between the socioecological marvellous and the mundane. Focusing on struggles over the treatment of nature and the urban environment in the socialist city of Katowice in Poland, I reveal a brand of environmental politics emerging out of communist Eastern Europe which appears to have important implications for a reinvented environmentalism. Considering the particular utilisation of the everyday environment which was forced on environmental groups in Katowice by political circumstances, I claim that the quotidian could provide a new ground upon which to perceive and connect social and ecological politics at a variety of different spatial scales and in a powerful array of different socionatural contexts. en
dc.format.extent 22 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Environment and Planning D: Society and Space en
dc.title Between the marvellous and the mundane: everyday life in the socialist city and the politics of the environment en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/d372t
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution New Political Geographies en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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