Sustainability - with its promise of ecomic prosperity, social equity, and environmental integrity - is hardly a controversial goal. Yet scholars have generally overlooked the ways that policies aimed at promoting sustainability at local, national, and global scales have been shaped and constrained by capitalist social relations. This thought-provoking book reexamines sustainability conceptually and as it actually exists on the ground, with a particular focus on Western European and North American urban contexts. Topics include critical theoretical engagements with the concept of sustainability; how sustainability projects map onto contemporary urban politics and social justice movements; the spatial politics of conservation planning and resource use; and what progressive sustainability practices in the context of neoliberalism might look like.
Edited by Rob Krueger, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA; and David Gibbs, Department of Geography, The University of Hull, UK