Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Abbreviations

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pp. ix-xii

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xliv

On a rainy day in May 2007, the mayor of Paris held an inauguration ceremony for the Jardins d’Éole, a new park billed as the first sustainable addition to the capital’s internationally renowned system of green spaces and public gardens. It was to be an auspicious occasion: two years before, the...

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1. Poets and Locomotives: Ecology and Politics on the Margins of Paris

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pp. 1-32

On a beautiful spring afternoon I took a stroll with Mamadou, who would later become one of my most trusted interlocutors in northeast Paris. Mamadou, who at that time was just embarking on a fruitful career in activism and Parisian politics, had invited me for a walk through the high-rise cité and...

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2. Space, Style, and Grassroots Strategy in the Éole Mobilization

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pp. 33-64

As I spent time with residents and activists in northeast Paris, I became aware of an irony about the politics of urban parks: places where people supposedly go to “do nothing” reveal a great deal and even amplify the contradictions present in the surrounding city. Scholars, planners, and even many...

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3. Cultivating the Republic? Parks, Gardens, and Youth

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pp. 65-100

Sabine and I stood in the courtyard of an HLM high-rise on Rue de Tanger surrounded by dozens of children. The kids, variously yelling, running, and crying, were nearly bounding off the walls of the concrete plaza, where a few old hardwood trees provided shade and raised garden beds containing tomatoes...

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4. The End(s) of Urban Ecology in the Global City

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pp. 101-134

Five years after the Jardins d’Éole was inaugurated, during the summer of 2012 I attended a public hearing at Paris’s eighteenth arrondissement’s mairie (town hall) over so-called conflits d’usage.² By this time, residents in northeast Paris were witnessing a set of dramatic transformations of which the...

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5. To Watch and Be Watched: Urban Design, Vigilance, and Contested Streets

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pp. 135-162

One of the most significant political implications of northeast Paris’s ecological redevelopment was made clear to me during an interview with Matthieu, a DEVE administrator who was charged with managing the park’s AAS (Agents d’Accueil et de Surveillance—welcoming and surveillance agents)...

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6. The Political Life of Small Urban Spaces

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pp. 163-190

The global economic crisis that began in the United States in 2008 and reverberated throughout the EU in the early 2010s has severely impacted France, where unemployment rose from 7 to 10 percent between 2008 and 2013.¹ The everyday reality of this downturn is especially visible in the Jardins...

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Conclusion

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pp. 191-200

My last experience in the Jardins d’Éole before completing this book was not a positive one. The evening before my flight back to Detroit, I decided to take advantage of a beautiful sunset to take photographs for the manuscript, so I lingered on my own in the park until closing time. As I stood at the top...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 201-204

Anthropologists have long cultivated an image of our work as a solitary enterprise. My experience with this project dispelled that idea as a myth from the very start. I can only hope that the following comments do some justice to the talents and generosity of many wonderful colleagues, companions...

Notes

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pp. 205-222

Bibliography

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pp. 223-238

Index

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pp. 239-255