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Contemporary Megaprojects: Organization, Vision, and Resistance in the 21st Century

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Contemporary Megaprojects

Organization, Vision, and Resistance in the 21st Century

Edited by Seth Schindler, Simin Fadaee, and Dan Brockington

180 pages, 13 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-151-6 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (August 2021)

ISBN  978-1-80073-152-3 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Not Yet Published (August 2021)

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Contemporary megaprojects have evolved from the discreet, modernist projects undertaken in the past by centralized authorities to encompass everything from large-scale construction to space exploration. Contemporary Megaprojects explores how these projects have been impacted by cutting-edge technology, the private sector, and the processes of decentralization and dematerialization. With case studies ranging from mega-plantations in Southeast Asia to ocean mapping to sports events, the contributions in this collected volume demonstrate the increasing ambition and pervasiveness of these projects, as well as their significant impact on both society and the environment.

Seth Schindler is Senior Lecturer in Urban Development and Transformation in the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. He previously coordinated the MA in Global Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin.

Simin Fadaee is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Social Movements in Iran: Environmental and Civil Society (Routledge, 2012) and the editor of Understanding Southern Social Movements (Routledge, 2016). She servers as a board member of the Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47) of the International Sociological Association.

Dan Brockington is Director of the Sheffield Institute of International Development at the University of Sheffield. His books include Fortress Conservation, Nature Unbound (Routledge, 2008), Celebrity Advocacy and International Development (Routledge, 2014), and The Anthology of Conservation NBOs (Palgrave, 2018).

Subject: Environmental Studies (General) Cultural Studies (General)


Introduction: Contemporary Megaprojects: An Introduction
Seth Schindler, Simin Fadaee, and Dan Brockington

Chapter 1. Unbuilt and Unfinished: The Temporalities of Infrastructure
Ashley Carse and David Kneas

Chapter 2. Biomimicry as a Meta-Resource and Megaproject: A Literature Review
Veronica Davidov

Chapter 3. The Urban Politics of Mega-Events: Grand Promises Meet Local Resistance
John Lauermann

Chapter 4. Mega-Plantations in Southeast Asia: Landscapes of Displacement
Miles Kenney-Lazar and Noboru Ishikawa

Chapter 5. Becoming an Agricultural Growth Corridor: African Megaprojects at a Situated Scale
Serena Stein and Marc Kalina

Chapter 6. What Makes a Megaproject? A Review of Global Hydropower Assemblages
Grant M. Gutierrez, Sarah Kelly, Joshua J. Cousins, and Christopher Sneddon

Chapter 7. Remaking Oceans Governance: Critical Perspectives on Marine Spatial Planning
Luke Fairbanks, Noëlle Boucquey, Lisa M. Campbell, and Sarah Wise

Chapter 8. (Un)seen Seas: Technological Mediation, Oceanic Imaginaries, and Future Depths
Stephanie Ratté

Chapter 9. Home and Away: The Politics of Life after Earth
Micha Rahder

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