Grassroots localisation? The scalar potential of and limits of the 'transition' approach to climate change and resource constraint

Peter North, Noel Longhurst

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1423-1438
Number of pages16
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

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