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How Green Became Good: Urbanized Nature and the Making of Cities and Citizens

Hillary Angelo


This book offers a sociological explanation of urban greening as a contemporary global phenomenon, and of widespread perceptions of green as a “good” for cities. Urban-environmental scholarship dominated by well-known cities at notorious moments of urbanism—paradigmatically, New York City’s 19th century Central Park—has understood such efforts as reactions to urban pathologies such as slums and density. Instead, the book examines Germany’s Ruhr Valley, a polycentric industrial region recurrently “greened” despite its ample open space, to explain the common sense of these associations and their ... More

Keywords: urban greening, urban nature, social imaginaries, urban theory, morality, urbanization, urbanized nature, Germany, Ruhr

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226738994
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226739182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hillary Angelo, author
University of California, Santa Cruz