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The politics of governing cities, infrastructures and resource flows: Spaces of reproduction or reconfiguration?

Hodson, M and Marvin, S 2011, 'The politics of governing cities, infrastructures and resource flows: Spaces of reproduction or reconfiguration?' , Geographica Helvetica (2) , pp. 702-714.

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Abstract

This paper develops a theoretical and conceptual understanding of the role of space and politics in governing relationships between cities, critical energy, water, waste and transportation infrastructures and resource flows. It presents a view of cities as dynamic, experimental social spaces underpinned by infrastructural unevenness with variable provision of and access to resource flows. An emerging set of new pressures to the ways in which cities, infrastructure and resource flows are organised under conditions of neo-liberal urbanism is reviewed. The paper then reflects theoretically and conceptually on the ways in which these pressures can be appropriated in terms of the re-organisation of city, networked infrastructure and resource flows as predicated on tensions between transformative reconfiguration and obduracy from historically produced social and institutional coalitions.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
Journal or Publication Title: Geographica Helvetica
Publisher: Geographisch-ethnographischen Gesellschaft Zurich
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0016-7312
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2012 07:19
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22885

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