The Conquest of the Peri-Urban: Sustainability and Postcolonialism

By Julie Matthews, Tim Smith and Robert Mangoyana.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper takes the case of the proposed building of the Traveston dam on the Mary River in Australia to examine the ways postcolonial power relations are played out in city/regional relationships to further the interests of the city. Postcolonialism is concerned with unravelling multiple histories of colonisation, and identifying the reproduction, contestation, ambivalence and transformation of modes of domination and subordination in colonial relations. Political contingencies and contestations by residents, farmers, traditional Indigenous owners and environmentalists seeking to protect endangered species are examined to highlight the dominance of Western anthropocentric, technocentric, and eurocentric epistemologies in political, ecological, environmental, bioethical debates.

Keywords: Urban/Peri-urban, Water, Sustainability, Postcolonialism

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.125-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.212MB).

Julie Matthews

Director of Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

Julie Matthews is Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Director of Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, and a member of the Sustainability Research Centre, at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia. Her background is in sociology, anthropology and education and her work is informed by postcolonial, feminist and Foucauldian theory.

Dr. Tim Smith

Director of Centre for Regional Sustainablity, Faculty of Heath, Education and Science, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

Prof Timothy F. Smith Tim Smith is a Professor in Sustainability Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast and currently leads the Sustainability Research Centre. His research interests include climate change, coastal management, social learning, and adaptive capacity.

Robert Mangoyana

Doctoral student, Faculty of Heath, Education and Science, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

Robert B. Mangoyana, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia Robert Mangoyana is a PhD student at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a member of the Sustainably Research Centre. His research interests include climate change, biofuels sustainability research and community engagement for sustainable development.

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