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Urban extractivism. Contesting megaprojects in Mexico City, rethinking urban values

Streule, Monika (2023) Urban extractivism. Contesting megaprojects in Mexico City, rethinking urban values. Urban Geography, 44 (1). 262 - 271. ISSN 0272-3638

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Identification Number: 10.1080/02723638.2022.2146931


Urban extractivism is an emergent concept increasingly discussed within Latin America-based scholarship but less known in anglophone urban geography. The devastating social and environmental impact of large-scale natural resource extraction, usually accompanied and driven by infrastructure megaprojects, is the main domain to which activists and scholars are currently applying the concept of extractivism. However, extractivism-related accumulation also applies to urban contexts, as for instance, scholars argue using this lens to analyze the production of exclusive urban territories in central Buenos Aires. In this contribution, I suggest to broaden the concept of urban extractivism to address pressing challenges of urban transformations in the peripheries of Mexico City, particularly concerning urban infrastructure megaprojects and Indigenous socio-territorial movements that advocate for a more sustainable use of natural resources. Critical reflection on the extractivism of knowledge reveals the need for more collaborative research methods in urban geography and beyond.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: IGA: Latin America and Caribbean Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2022 14:54
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2023 10:24

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