Spaces of Hope / Edition 1

Spaces of Hope / Edition 1

by David Harvey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520225783

ISBN-13: 2900520225786

Pub. Date: 03/29/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

As the twentieth century drew to a close, the rich were getting richer; power was concentrating within huge corporations; vast tracts of the earth were being laid waste; three quarters of the earth's population had no control over its destiny and no claim to basic rights. There was nothing new in this. What was new was the virtual absence of any

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As the twentieth century drew to a close, the rich were getting richer; power was concentrating within huge corporations; vast tracts of the earth were being laid waste; three quarters of the earth's population had no control over its destiny and no claim to basic rights. There was nothing new in this. What was new was the virtual absence of any political will to do anything about it. Spaces of Hope takes issue with this. David Harvey brings an exciting perspective to two of the principal themes of contemporary social discourse: globalization and the body. Exploring the uneven geographical development of late-twentieth-century capitalism, and placing the working body in relation to this new geography, he finds in Marx's writings a wealth of relevant analysis and theoretical insight. In order to make much-needed changes, Harvey maintains, we need to become the architects of a different living and working environment and to learn to bridge the micro-scale of the body and the personal and the macro-scale of global political economy.

Utopian movements have for centuries tried to construct a just society. Harvey looks at their history to ask why they failed and what the ideas behind them might still have to offer. His devastating description of the existing urban environment (Baltimore is his case study) fuels his argument that we can and must use the force of utopian imagining against all who say "there is no alternative." He outlines a new kind of utopian thought, which he calls dialectical utopianism, and refocuses our attention on possible designs for a more equitable world of work and living with nature. If any political ideology or plan is to work, he argues, it must take account of our human qualities. Finally, Harvey dares to sketch a very personal utopian vision in an appendix, one that leaves no doubt about his own geography of hope.

David Harvey is Professor of Geography at the Johns Hopkins University and Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics. His books include Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference (1996), The Condition of Postmodernity (1989), The Urban Experience (1988), The Limits to Capital (1982, reissued 1999), and Social Justice and the City (1973). His work has received critical acclaim and numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520225786
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/29/2000
Series:
California Studies in Critical Human Geography Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
303

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
1. The difference a generation makes
Part 1 - Uneven geographical developments
2. The geography of the Manifesto
3. 'Working Men of All Countries, Unite!"
4. Contemporary globalization
5. Uneven geographical developments and universal rights
Part 2 - On bodies and political persons in global space
6. The body as an accumulation strategy
7. Body politics and the struggle for a living wage
Part 3 - The utopian movement
8. The spaces of Utopia
9. Dialectical utopianism
Part 4 - Conversations of the plurality of alternatives
10. On architects, bees, and 'species being'
11. Responsibilities towards nature and human nature
12. The insurgent architect at work
Appendix: Edilia, or 'Make of it what you will'
Bibliography
Index

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