Order and Disorder in the Urban Forest: A Foucauldian-Latourian Perspective

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Order and Disorder in the Urban Forest: A Foucauldian-Latourian Perspective

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Published as Chapter 9 in Urban Forests, Trees, and Greenspace: A Political Ecology Perspective, L. Anders Sandberg, Adrina Bardekjian & Sadia Butt, eds.

We pass by street trees everyday. Their existence as well as their particular location in the city seems obvious, innocuous, natural. But, as is the case with most taken-for-granted "things" (Brown, 2011), some excavation is bound to reveal a more complicated and even ideological story. This study focuses on such a story: the story of the clandestine governance of nature and of humans by way of nature - all through the construction and regulation of city street trees. This story problematizes the mundane display of urban space in general, and of urban street trees in particular, as technical and apolitical, and instead promotes an understanding of nonhumans and humans as constantly negotiating spatial order and disorder through law.

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Routledge

City

New York

ISBN

9780415714105

First Page

132

Last Page

146

Keywords

trees, city, order and disorder, urban forest, Foucault, Latour, grid, grate, Dig-Safe procedure

Disciplines

Environmental Law | Geography | Land Use Law | Law

Order and Disorder in the Urban Forest: A Foucauldian-Latourian Perspective

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