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Political Ecologies of Landscape

Governing Urban Transformations in Penang

By Creighton Connolly

Published

May 6, 2022

Page count

204 pages

ISBN

978-1529214147

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 6, 2022

Page count

204 pages

ISBN

978-1529214154

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 6, 2022

Page count

204 pages

ISBN

978-1529214154

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Political Ecologies of Landscape

Connolly uses ongoing urban redevelopment in Penang in Malaysia to provide stimulating new perspectives on urbanisation, governance and political ecology.

The book deploys the concept of landscape political ecology to show how Penang residents, activists, planners and other stakeholders mobilize new relationships with the urban environment, to contest controversial development projects and challenge hegemonic visions for the city’s future.

Based on six years of local research, this book provides both a dynamic account of region’s rapid reshaping and a fresh theoretical framework in which to consider issues of sustainable development, heritage and governance in urban areas worldwide.

“Focusing on the contested socio-ecological remaking of a small city and surrounding regional landscapes that have often been overshadowed even in research on Malaysia, Connolly breaks new ground for urban political ecology.” Tim Bunnell, National University of Singapore

Creighton Connolly is Assistant Professor in the School of Graduate Studies at Lingnan University.

1. Introduction: Governing Urban Transformations in Penang

2. Towards a Landscape Political Ecology

3. Megapolitan Explosions: Reworking Urban and Regional Metabolisms

4. Competing Visions of Landscape Transformation in a World Ing City

5. The Forests in the City: Building Participatory Approaches to Urban-Environmental Governance

6. Integrating Cultural and Natural Heritage on Penang Hill

7. Artificial Islands and the Production of New Urban Spaces

8. Conclusion: An Island on an Urbanising Frontier