Grassroots Localisation?:The Scalar Potential of and Limits of the 'Transition' Approach to Climate Change and Resource Constraint

North, P. and Longhurst, N. (2013) Grassroots Localisation?:The Scalar Potential of and Limits of the 'Transition' Approach to Climate Change and Resource Constraint. Urban Studies, 50 (7). pp. 1423-1438. ISSN 0042-0980

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Abstract

This paper engages with the progressive politics of climate change and resource constraint developed by the Transition 'movement' which looks to develop a positive local politics of the transition to a low carbon economy and society. At the heart of this politics is a vision of economic localisation rooted in a geographical imaginary of market towns with agricultural hinterlands. Consequently, the question of how the Transition model can be applied in urban settings has not been clear, leading to the implicit assumption that urban Transition initiatives are more complex and difficult. In contrast, this paper argues that the plasticity of Transition politics means that, in some cases, an urban context might be more productive for the development of Transition initiatives because it allows for a greater diversity of political action as well as providing a density of networks and resources that can be critical for the survival of grassroots interventions.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: ?? UEA ??
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Science, Society and Sustainability
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Resources, Sustainability and Governance
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Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2014 14:02
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 09:25
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/47175
DOI: 10.1177/0042098013480966

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