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Defeated in the East and discredited in the West, Marxism has broken down as an ideology and as a guide to governance. But, for all its flaws, it remains an important tool for understanding and raising questions about key aspects of modern life. In Marxism and the City Ira Katznelson critically assesses the scholarship on cities that has developed within Marxism in the past quarter century to show how some of the most important weaknesses in Marxism as a social theory can be remedied by forcing it to engage seriously with cities and spatial concerns. He argues that such a Marxism still has a significant contribution to make to the discussion of such historical questions as the transition from feudalism to a world composed of capitalist economies and nation-states and the acquiescence of the western working classes to capitalism. Professor Katznelson demonstrates how a Marxism that embraces complexity and is open to engagement with other social-theoretical traditions can illuminate our understanding of cities and of the patterns of class and group formation that have characterized urban life in the West.
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"An imaginative, exhilarating, and critically argued survey of the contribution of Marxist-influenced writings to our understanding of the development of modern western cities and to the ways they constituted and were constituted by statebuilding and the development of modern capitalism."—Steven Lukes, European University Institute, Florence

"An erudite and intellectually stimulating synthesis and a unique contribution to Marxist urban theory. Most important, he reminds readers of the roots of Marxist urban theory, reasserts the importance of space to social theory, and reinvigorates the quest to understand capitalist urban society."—Choice

"Ira Katznelson's Marxism and the City not only is a major work of urban politics andd urban history but also makes significant contributions to comparative politics....It is an extraorinarily rich book."—American Political Science Review

"Readers will appreciate this book not for its final resolution of the issues but for the questions that it raises, for its sophisticated review of several Marxist urbanists over the past two decades, for its strong argument for the relevance of urban issues to Marxist thought, and for the hints that it offers about the future direction of urban theory."—Contemporary Sociology

"[This] book has the wonderful quality of making the reader question just the presumptions that the author would urge us to hold. His rich descriptions of 19th century class formation, and his respectful engagements with the works of Marxist theorists from a variety of intellectual and disciplinary traditions, teach a Marxism that is continually open and unfolding. For this reason, I hope that many people will read and learn from this book."—Journal of Regional Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198279242
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/1994
  • Series: Marxist Introductions Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Marxism and the City? 1
2 Themes in Marxist Social Theory 43
3 Towards a Respatialized Marxism: Lefebvre, Harvey, and Castells 92
4 Capitalism, City Space, and Class Formation: A Journey Organized by Friedrich Engels 141
5 From Feudalism to Capitalism: The Place of the City 157
6 Working Classes Map the City 203
7 Remapping the City 257
Select Bibliography 309
Index 313
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