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A Comparative Political Ecology of Exurbia

Planning, Environmental Management, and Landscape Change

Editors: Taylor, Laura, Hurley, Patrick T. (Eds.)

  • This book is about planning, conservation, and land development issues in exurbia-areas of high natural amenity under pressure from real estate development. It is geared towards a senior undergraduate and graduate academic audience and the general educated public, including municipal officials and consultants
  • The urban and regional planning literature, while concerned with growth management, does not focus rigorously on exurbia and therefore the book makes an important contribution to course readings for planning schools            
  • There is no existing political ecology book like this— comparing multiple case studies around the central organizing perspective of landscape change and solely focused on cases from the developed world (in this case the United States and Australia)
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About this book

This book is about politics and planning outside of cities, where urban political economy and planning theories do not account for the resilience of places that are no longer rural and where local communities work hard to keep from ever becoming urban. By examining exurbia as a type of place that is no longer simply rural or only tied to the economies of global resources (e.g., mining, forestry, and agriculture), we explore how changing landscapes are planned and designed not to be urban, that is, to look, function, and feel different from cities and suburbs in spite of new home development and real estate speculation. The book’s authors contend that exurbia is defined by the persistence of rural economies, the conservation of rural character, and protection of natural ecological systems, all of which are critical components of the contentious local politics that seek to limit growth.
Comparative political ecology is used as an organizing concept throughout the book to describe the nature of exurban areas in the U.S. and Australia, although exurbs are common to many countries. The essays each describe distinctive case studies, with each chapter using the key concepts of competing rural capitalisms and uneven environmental management to describe the politics of exurban change. This systematic analysis makes the processes of exurban change easier to see and understand. Based on these case studies, seven characteristics of exurban places are identified: rural character, access, local economic change, ideologies of nature, changes in land management, coalition-building, and land-use planning.
This book will be of interest to those who study planning, conservation, and land development issues, especially in areas of high natural amenity or environmental value. There is no political ecology book quite like this—neither one solely focused on cases from the developed world (in this case the United States and Australia), nor one that specifically harnesses different case studies from multiple areas to develop a central organizing perspective of landscape change. 


About the authors

Laura E. Taylor is an associate professor and planning program coordinator in York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, with a PhD in cultural and historical geography from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Government of Ontario’s Greenbelt Council, the Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Team, and Lambda Alpha International. She is a registered professional planning consultant. She has written many articles on exurbia and planning in both scholarly and professional journals and is co-editor with Kirsten Valentine Cadieux of the book Landscape and the Ideology of Nature: Green Sprawl.
Patrick Hurley is an associate professor of Environmental Studies at Ursinus College where he is an environmental social scientist interested in the politics of natural area conservation and plant foraging in city regions. He holds a PhD in Environmental Studies, Science and Policy from the University of Oregon, where his research on exurbia won him the Morris K. Udall Foundation’s Environmental Public Policy and Conflict Resolution Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. With Peter A. Walker, he is coauthor of the book, Planning Paradise: Politics and Visioning of Land Use in Oregon, and written extensively on exurbia in the western and eastern United States.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Broad Contours of Exurban Landscape Change

    Taylor, Laura E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-29

  • From Swamp to Ridgeline: Exploring Exurbia in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California

    Hurley, Patrick T. (et al.)

    Pages 31-49

  • Divergent Perspectives and Contested Ecologies: Three Cases of Land-Use Change in Calaveras County, California

    Hiner, Colleen C.

    Pages 51-82

  • Rural Residential Development and Its Discontents: A Political Ecology of Sprawl Containment in Wallowa County, Oregon, USA

    Abrams, Jesse

    Pages 83-103

  • Competing or Compatible Capitalisms? Exurban Sprawl and High-Value Agriculture in Southwestern Oregon

    McKinnon, Innisfree

    Pages 105-130

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-319-29460-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Comparative Political Ecology of Exurbia
Book Subtitle
Planning, Environmental Management, and Landscape Change
Editors
  • Laura Taylor
  • Patrick T. Hurley
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-29462-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-29462-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-29460-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 310
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 69 illustrations in colour
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