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The making and remaking of ecological space in China: The political ecology of Chongming Eco-Island

Xie, Linjun, Flynn, Andrew ORCID:, Tan-Mullins, May and Cheshmehzangi, Ali 2019. The making and remaking of ecological space in China: The political ecology of Chongming Eco-Island. Political Geography 69 , pp. 89-102. 10.1016/j.polgeo.2018.12.012

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This paper contributes to debates on urban sustainable development through a critical examination of current state-led and Ecological Modernization-guided eco-developments in China. Using Chongming Eco-Island as a case study, we critically evaluate the practices and effects of current development practices alongside ecological, economic, and social dimensions. Adopting an alternative analytical approach – political ecology, our analysis brings to the fore a host of stakeholders’ voices and knowledge (especially the often-marginalized grassroots), triangulated with archival research and on-site observation. Our findings show that the Eco-Island development with an Ecological Modernization bias generates unintended and adverse results for the local community and the environment. We argue that political ecology, as both a contesting perspective in sustainable development and as a critical analytical method in understanding society-environment relations, serves as an attractive alternative strategy for those seeking to analyze a more nature-focused, locally-relevant means to promote just planning for urban sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0962-6298
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 January 2019
Date of Acceptance: 27 December 2018
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 12:36

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