(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Vulnerability-in-production: a spatial history of nature, affluence, and fire in Oakland, California

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SIMON L.S. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, ETATS-UNIS


Using the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm (Tunnel) as a starting point for analysis, this article argues for the dedicated application of spatial history analysis to vulnerability. A first spatial history section highlights how land development strategies from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s contributed to the production of vulnerable conditions in Oakland. A second section describes how conservative homeowner politics and state tax restructuring spanning the 1950s to the 1980s further generated vulnerabilities throughout the city. A third spatial history section reveals processes that undergird and connect uneven patterns of affluence and vulnerability within Oakland. It concludes that spatial–historical analysis that uses diverse data, visualizations, and analytic techniques; our understanding of vulnerability as a recursive and relational process; and our appreciation for the political ecological nature of vulnerability—where affluence and levels of net vulnerability are highly uneven yet also deeply intertwined in their production


Article of periodic

published at : Annals of the Association of American Geographers / ISSN 0004-5608 / CODEN AAAGAK

Editor : Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC - ETATS-UNIS (1911)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 104, no6 [pp. 1199-1221]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 3 fig., 7 cartes, 4 ill.




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