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By Erik Swyngedouw

ISBN-10: 0198233914

ISBN-13: 9780198233916

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Taking as his case-study the town of Guayaquil in Ecuador, the place 600,000 humans lack quick access to potable water, Erik Swyngedouw goals to reconstruct, theoretically and empirically, the political, social, and financial conduits by which water flows, and to spot how energy relatives infuse the metabolic transformation of water because it turns into city. those flows of water that are concurrently actual and social hold of their currents the embodiment of myriad social struggles and conflicts. The excavation of those flows narrates tales concerning the city's constitution and improvement. but those flows additionally hold the possibility of a more robust, extra simply, and extra equitable correct to town and its water. The flows of strength which are captured via city water circulate additionally recommend that the query of city sustainability isn't just approximately reaching sound ecological and environmental stipulations, yet at the beginning a few social fight for entry and keep watch over; a fight not only for the perfect to water, yet for the best to the town itself.

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Taking as his case-study town of Guayaquil in Ecuador, the place 600,000 humans lack easy accessibility to potable water, Erik Swyngedouw goals to reconstruct, theoretically and empirically, the political, social, and financial conduits by which water flows, and to spot how strength kin infuse the metabolic transformation of water because it turns into city.

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Things’ are hybrids or quasi-objects (subjects and objects, material and discursive, natural and social) from the very beginning. By this I mean that the ‘world’ is a process of perpetual metabolism in which social and natural processes combine in a historical geographical production process of socionature, whose outcome (historical nature) embodies chemical, physical, social, economic, political, and cultural processes in highly contradictory but inseparable manners. 3 summarizes this argument.

Indeed, these produced milieus often embody contradictory tendencies. While environmental (both social and physical) qualities may be enhanced in some places and for some people, these often lead to a deterioration of social and physical conditions and qualities elsewhere (Martinez-Allier 1991; Peet and Watts 1996; Keil 2000). 6. Processes of socio-environmental change are, therefore, never socially or ecologically neutral. This results in conditions under which particular trajectories of socio-environmental change undermine the stability or coherence of some social groups or places, while the sustainability of social groups and places elsewhere might be enhanced.

Processes of socio-environmental change are, therefore, never socially or ecologically neutral. This results in conditions under which particular trajectories of socio-environmental change undermine the stability or coherence of some social groups or places, while the sustainability of social groups and places elsewhere might be enhanced. In sum, the political ecological examination of the urbanization process reveals the inherently contradictory nature of the process of socio-environmental change and teases out the inevitable conflicts (or the displacements thereof) that infuse socio-environmental change.

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