The Enigma of Capital: And the Crises of Capitalism [NOOK Book]

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For three centuries the capitalist system has shaped western society, informed its rulers, and conditioned the lives of its people. Has the time come to move beyond it?





Using his unrivalled knowledge of the subject, Harvey lays bare the follies of the international financial system, looking at the nature of capitalism, how it works and ...

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The Enigma of Capital: And the Crises of Capitalism

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Overview

For three centuries the capitalist system has shaped western society, informed its rulers, and conditioned the lives of its people. Has the time come to move beyond it?





Using his unrivalled knowledge of the subject, Harvey lays bare the follies of the international financial system, looking at the nature of capitalism, how it works and why sometimes it doesn't. He examines the vast flows of money that surge round the world in daily volumes well in excess of the sum of all its economies. He looks at the cycles of boom and bust in the world's housing and stock markets and shows that periodic episodes of meltdown are not only inevitable in the capitalist system but essential to its survival. The Enigma of Capital is a timely call-to-arms for the end of the capitalism, and makes a compelling case for a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible, just and humane



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"The narrative delineates with admirable clarity the arcane details of the current financial crisis, while rehearsing the rise of capitalism as a historically specific 'process' plagued by fundamental dilemmas."—Publishers Weekly

"A lucid and penetrating account of how the power of capital shapes our world."—Andrew Gamble, Independent

"Elegant... entertainingly swashbuckling... Harvey's analysis is interesting not only for the breadth of his scholarship but his recognition of the system's strengths."—John Gapper, Financial Times

"Brisk and persuasive... Looking at the Unites States, it is hard to see anything as Benign as the New Deal coming out of the present situation. If it does, it will probably owe a good deal to David Harvey's students."—The Literary Review

"[T]he recent near-collapse of the global economic system has added new plausibility to Marxist analysis, and David Harvey is certainly its most elegant and persuasive spokesperson . . . Harvey's [The Enigma of Capital] reminds us of the fundamental instability of the capitalist system, despite its remarkable innovations."—Tikkun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199779567
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/11/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Sales rank: 392,293
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is among the top twenty most cited authors in the humanities and is the world's most cited academic geographer. His books include The Limits to Capital, Social Justice and the City, and The Condition of Postmodernity, among many others.

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Table of Contents

1. The disruption
2. Capital assembled
3. Capital at work
4. Capital goes to market
5. Capital evolves
6. The geography of it all
7. Creative destruction on the land
8. What is to be done? And who is going to do it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    It reveals what capital is.

    Harvey unravels the myth of capital in a articulate way.

    It should be on the reading list of any college student related to social science.

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