Quotation Bärnthaler, Richard, Novy, Andreas, Stadelmann, Basil. 2020. A Polanyi-inspired perspective on social-ecological transformations of cities. Journal of Urban Affairs. 1-25.




Based on a Polanyi-inspired research program, we analyze urban transformations as interrelations between infrastructural configurations, i.e. context-dependent material infrastructures and their multi-scalar political-economic regulations, and socio-cultural modes of living. Describing different modes of infrastructure provisioning in Vienna between 1890 and today, we illustrate how political-economic processes of commodification and decommodification have co-evolved with socio-culturally specific modes of living, grounded in different classes and milieus. We show how, today, two modes of living—“traditional,” established during postwar welfare capitalism, and “liberal,” formed during neoliberal capitalism—co-exist. In the current conjuncture of rising inequality, neoliberal urban regeneration, and accelerating climate crisis, these modes of living are not only increasingly polarized and antagonistic, but also increasingly unable to satisfy needs and self-defined aspirations. Therefore, we explore the potential of social-ecological infrastructural configurations as an alliance-building project for a systemic social-ecological transformation, potentially linking different classes, social segments and forces around a common eco-social endeavor.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Urban Affairs
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-C
Language English
Title A Polanyi-inspired perspective on social-ecological transformations of cities
Year 2020
Page from 1
Page to 25
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07352166.2020.1834404
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2020.1834404
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07352166.2020.1834404


Bärnthaler, Richard (Details)
Novy, Andreas (Details)
Stadelmann, Basil (Former researcher)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5325 Political economics (Details)
5340 Economic history (Details)
5415 Economic sociology (Details)
5610 Urban development planning (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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