Camilla Perrone
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Insurgent earth
Territorialist political ecology in/ for the new climate regime
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Over the past two decades, the debate about the future of the Planet has been challenged by the new climate and environmental crisis. Neoliberal urbanisation has been condemned as responsible for the Planet’s decline. In response, the ‘political in-between’ the urban and the ecological (the link between the urban question and the ecological question) have increasingly dominated political agendas, worldwide, and challenged the theoretical debate. In particular, urban political ecology (UPE) – focused on the ways in which the intertwining of political, economic, spatial, ecological processes transforms the cities – has intercepted this debate challenging itself to go beyond the ‘urbanisation of nature’ thesis still focused on the concept of the socio-environmental continuum that privilege the inside (the centre) as the space that decrees the logic of the outside (the periphery). This contribution, designed as a research project, intends to support the reverse of this logic and the shifting of the geographical focus to overlooked peripheries and hinterlands. They are even suggested as a theoretical domain where to explore new possibilities for encounters between human and more-than-human actors. This is addressed with reference to the theoretical debate that calls into question the centrality of the Earth, of its ability to act autonomously (insurgency), being the subject of a bio-political argument. The background idea is that the terrestrial/earthling is no longer the scenario of human action, but it takes part in it as agent/actor of a new political interplay between geo-sphere, socio-sphere and bio-sphere. Accordingly, the planetary (sub) urban future is tackled with a questioning on ‘who’ owns/governs/acts the Earth in the processes of capital accumulation.

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