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Metabolism of Obe-city: Flows of fat through bodies, cities, and sewers

Marvin, S and Medd, W 2006, 'Metabolism of Obe-city: Flows of fat through bodies, cities, and sewers' , Environment and Planning A, 38 (2) , 313-324.

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Abstract

Although strategies to tackle obesity have led to renewed debate about the relationship between the body and urban form the (im)mobilities of fat through bodies, cities, and infrastructure reveal a complex web of urban metabolisms. We argue that, to understand the mobilities of fat in a city context, metaphors of urban metabolism become important. The relationships between different flows are contingent and the mobilities of fat in bodies (as individuals), cities (as a collective site of action), and sewers (as infrastructure), we argue, highlight a multiplicity of urban metabolisms, each with different interconnectivities and forms of instability. In the paper we show how, in North America, in response to the rising numbers of ‘obese bodies’ there has been the mobilisation of the concept of ‘fat cities’, involving renewed debate about the relationship between bodies and the city, provoked largely by the innovative representations of Men’s Fitness magazine. However, we shift focus to highlight the problems of fat in infrastructure, focusing specifically on the experience in US cities of sewer blockages that reveal quite different sets of processes within which fat is embedded. Strategies of intervention at the level of the body, the city collective, and the sewer involve prevention, removal, and acceptance, each revealing a multiplicity of metabolisms as well as the partial interconnections between them.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
Journal or Publication Title: Environment and Planning A
Publisher: Pion Ltd
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0308-518X
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2007 13:51
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/529

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