Materializing Postenvironmentalism in Living Spaces
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How does a material-semiotic postenvironmentalism actually take form in the world? This chapter presents some examples (including the Transition Network movement, the U’wa’s and the Brazilian seringueros’ struggle…) of current environmentalist practices that while confirming environmentalism is not dead at all, nonetheless show it is transforming by including nonhuman and more-than-human networks in the realm of social actors and by listening unheard voices through devices, techniques, and procedures that allow their expression in the public space. Their space of interaction is a “living space”, which is the locus for environmental issues to be pragmatically debated in forms of life. The three-step process of assembling, mobilizing, and impacting, which characterizes environmental actor networks’ agency, is finally considered.
KeywordsMaterial semiotics actor-network theory living space urban smartness urban gardening
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