Postgrowth Imaginaries: New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in Post-2008 Spain - Part 2, Chapter 2
Luis I. Prádanos
Miami University, US
About Luis I.
Luis I. Prádanos (Iñaki) is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Contemporary Studies at Miami University. His research focuses on ecocritical theory and environmental humanities in relation to Contemporary Iberian cultures. Specifically, Iñaki’s work combines environmental cultural studies, critical theory, and postgrowth economics. Iñaki has taught several courses on topics related to environmental humanities, urban ecology, postgrowth economics and cultures, and material ecocriticism. Some of his recent articles focus on the pedagogical implications of taking seriously the ongoing global socioecological crisis: “The Pedagogy of Degrowth.” In 2017, Iñaki edited a special section on “Contemporary Iberian Ecocriticism and New Materialisms” and co-edited a special number on “South Atlantic Ecocriticism.”
This chapter argues that Spanish urban cultural studies would benefit from incorporating the ecological aspects of cities into its theoretical frameworks and thereby better attune itself to the cultural changes underway in the current context of socially and ecologically unsustainable urban growth machines. I integrate the study of a number of Iberian cultural manifestations into four distinct but non-exclusive categories, according to the way in which the socioecological metabolism of the city is conceived and depicted in relation to both the dominant imaginary of economic growth and its unsustainable energy regime. The suggested interpretative typology can be summarized as follows: (1) The Crisis of the Urban Growth Machine; (2) Urban Collapse and Post-Petroleum Futures; (3) Non-Urban Spaces and Neo-Ruralization: Escaping the Urban Growth Machine; and (4) Postgrowth Urban Imaginaries: Imagining and Performing Ecopolis.
How to Cite:
Prádanos, L.I., 2018. Postgrowth Imaginaries: New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in Post-2008 Spain - Part 2, Chapter 2. Modern Languages Open, DOI: http://doi.org/10.3828/mlo.v0i0.247