Ornamental plants and the production of nature(s) in the Spanish real estate boom and bust: the case of Alicante

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Title: Ornamental plants and the production of nature(s) in the Spanish real estate boom and bust: the case of Alicante
Authors: Hernández Hernández, María | Morales Gil, Alfredo | Sauri, David
Research Group/s: Paisajes y Recursos Naturales en España | Agua y Territorio
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía
Keywords: Ornamental plants | Political ecology | Urbanization | Real estate | Crisis | Spain
Knowledge Area: Análisis Geográfico Regional
Issue Date: 22-Jan-2014
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Urban Geography. 2014, 35(1): 71-85. doi:10.1080/02723638.2013.871813
Abstract: The Spanish real estate boom and bust of the 2000s caused immense economic, social, and environmental changes across the country. Massive urbanization, however, does not necessarily entail the end of nature and natural processes, instead marking a radical transformation of environments and societies. Through a political ecology approach, we analyze how ornamental species have become a fundamental part of new natures induced by urbanization in the Spanish province of Alicante. We connect the economic and ecological characteristics of ornamental plants like the palm tree to urbanization and real estate trends in Alicante. Our evidence indicates that, in Alicante, economic recession and environmental crises (manifested in the pests affecting palm trees) have mutually reinforced one other, creating a new geography of ecological desolation in many areas.
Sponsor: Financial support for this research was provided by the Spanish CICYT under grants [grant number CSO2009-12772-03-01], [grant number CSO2009-12772-03-03].
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/44535
ISSN: 0272-3638 (Print) | 1938-2847 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2013.871813
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2014 Taylor & Francis
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2013.871813
Appears in Collections:INV - Paisajes y Recursos Naturales en España - Artículos de Revistas
INV - Agua y Territorio - Artículos de Revistas

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