Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom

Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom

by David Harvey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231148461

ISBN-13: 9780231148467

Pub. Date: 07/01/2009

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Liberty and freedom are frequently invoked to justify political action. Presidents as diverse as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush have built their policies on some version of these noble values. Yet in practice, idealist agendas often turn sour as they confront specific circumstances on the ground.

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Liberty and freedom are frequently invoked to justify political action. Presidents as diverse as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush have built their policies on some version of these noble values. Yet in practice, idealist agendas often turn sour as they confront specific circumstances on the ground. Demonstrated by incidents at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay, the pursuit of liberty and freedom can lead to violence and repression, undermining our trust in universal theories of liberalism, neoliberalism, and cosmopolitanism.

Combining his passions for politics and geography, David Harvey charts a cosmopolitan order more appropriate to an emancipatory form of global governance. Political agendas tend to fail, he argues, because they ignore the complexities of geography. Incorporating geographical knowledge into the formation of social and political policy is therefore a necessary condition for genuine democracy.

Harvey begins with an insightful critique of the political uses of freedom and liberty, especially during the George W. Bush administration. Then, through an ontological investigation into geography's foundational concepts—space, place, and environment—he radically reframes geographical knowledge as a basis for social theory and political action. As Harvey makes clear, the cosmopolitanism that emerges is rooted in human experience rather than illusory ideals and brings us closer to achieving the liberation we seek.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231148467
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
Wellek Library Lectures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
951,707
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

PrefaceProloguePart One: Universal Values 1. Kant's Anthropology and Geography2. The Postcolonial Critique of Liberal Cosmopolitanism3. The Flat World of Neoliberal Utopianism4. The New Cosmopolitans5. The Banality of Geographical EvilsPart Two: Geographical Knowledges 6. Geographical Reason7. Spacetime and the World8. Places, Regions, Territories9. The Nature of EnvironmentEpilogue: Geographical Theory and the Ruses of Geographical ReasonNotes Bibliography Index

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