Contested Ecologies: Environmental Activism and Urban Space in Immigrant Paris

Contested Ecologies: Environmental Activism and Urban Space in Immigrant Paris by Andrew Newman

CITY  & SOCIETY

Special Issue: Sustainability in the City: Ethnographic Approaches. Volume 23, Issue 2,  pages 192–209, December 2011

Abstract

In 2007, the City of Paris unveiled the Jardins d’Éole, a new park built in a low-income, predominately immigrant district of the city. The park resulted from an environmentalist mobilization led by residents and is an innovative example of sustainable urban design. This article highlights the spatial contestation surrounding the mobilization to build and design the park, and its impact upon class-based, gendered, and ethno-racial inequalities in Paris. It suggests that a complex environmental arena is reshaping the urbanization process in contradictory ways, at times providing residents a new means to confront injustices, while at other moments reproducing socio-spatial inequalities. 

Full text (fee applicable) from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1548-744X.2011.01062.x/abstract

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