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Adaptive publics: building climate constituencies in Bogotá

Zeiderman, Austin ORCID: 0000-0002-3694-3719 (2016) Adaptive publics: building climate constituencies in Bogotá. Public Culture, 28 (2). pp. 389-413. ISSN 0899-2363

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Identification Number: 10.1215/08992363-3427499


This essay foregrounds the political constituencies assembling around the problem of climate change in cities. Recent experiments in urban climate governance in Bogotá, Colombia, are shown to challenge liberal democratic notions of the “public” by linking a redistributive economic agenda to the technical project of adaptation. An analysis of interventions aimed at building social infrastructure throughout the city’s hydrological systems reveals how the inclusion of the urban poor is enacted through practices of measurement. While urban politics in Latin America has long revolved around popular demands to be counted, climate change adaptation is the most recent idiom in which claims to recognition-through-enumeration are being articulated.

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Additional Information: © 2016 by Duke University Press
Divisions: Geography & Environment
LSE Cities
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 16:43
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 04:18

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