Ökologien der stadt: Zur ethnografie bio- und geopolitischer praxis1

Translated title of the contribution: Ecologies of the city: Ethnographies of bio-And geopolitical practice

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In this essay, I describe life-And climate-scientifically informed Bio-And Geo- Politics as important drivers of incremental change in urban everyday life. In three steps, I develop a social anthropological research programmatic that allows analysis of such change. Firstly, I identify a new role for knowledge practices in the enactment of techniques of government in times of real experiments. Secondly, I demonstrate that German European Ethnology as well as anthropology internationally harbors a neglected tradition of systematic long-Term, methodologically broad research that is worth re-considering. It is really the only way to analytically capture incremental socio-ecological change. In a third and last step, I sketch a research programmatic rooted within a relational understanding of urban everyday life that pleads for an ethnography of infrastructure and of administrative practice. I emphasize the necessary role of epistemic partnerships with other actors in science as well as in urban development. This form of co-laborative anthropology furthers a new understanding of reflexivity and critique as mobility.

Translated title of the contributionEcologies of the city: Ethnographies of bio-And geopolitical practice
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)185-214
Number of pages30
JournalZeitschrift fur Volkskunde
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


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