Urban sustainability and the technopolitics of order

Loading...
Thumbnail Image

Persistent link to this item

Statistics
View Statistics

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Title

Urban sustainability and the technopolitics of order

Published Date

2013-05

Publisher

Type

Thesis or Dissertation

Abstract

The core question that drives this dissertation is how do questions of social justice fit within agendas of sustainability? My approach is situated between two very different literatures on sustainability. The first, based in urban planning, seeks to move forward the agenda of urban sustainability. It looks to identify what works and to distill and package that best practice to be replicated in other cities around the country and the world. The second literature is one that has emerged in critical geography that sees sustainability as a policy agenda that supports the needs of a capitalist political economy, which will, in the end, amplify rather than solve the world's environmental and social problems. I argue that neither approach is properly attentive to the way that sustainability produces differential sets of capacities and limitations. In order to adequately address these, I argue that it is helpful to conceptualize sustainability as a system of socio-spatial ordering. When sustainability is adopted as a goal for a city, it begins to reshape the priorities of that city, the kinds of spaces and land-uses that occur in the city, and the types of activities that are valued and allowed in that city. It is through the analysis of the production of the socio-spatial order that we glimpse the array of possibilities and foreclosures, the inclusions and exclusions that are enabled by a sustainability agenda. Empirically, the dissertation focuses on the City of Minneapolis and its pursuit of sustainability. It explores the indicator program that defines sustainability in Minneapolis, Homegrown Minneapolis, a city program meant to build a local food economy and the City's engagement with climate change and the implications of this for sustainability.

Description

University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. May 2013. Major: Geography. Advisor: Vinay Gidwani. 1 computer file (PDF); v, 232 pages, appendices p. 223-232.

Related to

Replaces

License

Collections

Series/Report Number

Funding information

Isbn identifier

Doi identifier

Previously Published Citation

Suggested citation

Bialostosky, Ivan Julius. (2013). Urban sustainability and the technopolitics of order. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/155574.

Content distributed via the University Digital Conservancy may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor. By using these files, users agree to the Terms of Use. Materials in the UDC may contain content that is disturbing and/or harmful. For more information, please see our statement on harmful content in digital repositories.