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Spaces of Global Capitalism: A Theory of Uneven Geographical Development

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    space as a political reality

    'Gaining some sense of how space is and how different spatialities and spatio-temporalities work is crucial to the constructive of a distinctively geographical imagination.' And such an imagination is necessary to national and global politics, especially the economics interrelated to these. To fail to have a concept of space is to 'court political irrelevance' and at least to fail to understand how and why only certain places are benefiting from globalism. Harvey teaches at CUNY's Graduate Center, and has written previous books. In his theory, space is not simply physical, but is a concept that refers as well to political, economic, and cultural positions or dominances attained by capitalism. Thus he sees 'spaces of the world economy' and notes that 'investments in the built environment effectively define regional spaces for the circulation of capital.' The spottiness and unevenness of globalism has been pointed out by many. But Harvey is interested in how and why this is happening as a matter of course so that the 'spaces' not realizing the benefits of globalism or exploited by it can share in its benefits touted by those nations and businesses leading it. Harvey's incorporation of the concept 'space' and all its facets into political theory shows his theory to be particularly relevant and timely in this time of postmodernism where space has been much considered with respect to social life. Discussions of space and other aspects of the theory with respect to Iraq and China further go to indicate the applicability of the theory to conditions of today's world and forces shaping its future.

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