Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution

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Rousing manifesto on the city and the commons from the acclaimed theorist

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Overview

Rousing manifesto on the city and the commons from the acclaimed theorist

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Editorial Reviews

Naomi Klein
“David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals.”
Benjamin Kunkel
“Whose streets? Our streets! In Rebel Cities David Harvey shows us how we might turn this slogan into a reality. That task—and this book—could hardly be more important.”
Guardian - Owen Hatherley
“Forensic and ferocious.”
Financial Times
“A consistent and intelligent voice of the left.”
Owen Hatherley - Guardian
“Forensic and ferocious.”
From the Publisher
“Whose streets? Our streets! In Rebel Cities David Harvey shows us how we might turn this slogan into a reality. That task—and this book—could hardly be more important.”—Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision and a founding editor of N+1

“David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals.”—Naomi Klein

“Challenging and timely.”—Red Pepper

“Forensic and ferocious.”—Owen Hatherley, Guardian

“Harvey’s clarion demand [is] that it is ‘we,’ not the developers, corporate planners, or political elites, who truly build the city, and only we who can seize back our right to its control.”—Jonathan Moses, Open Democracy

“Intellectuals in the Occupy movement [will] appreciate Rebel Cities’ descriptions of the historic and international parallel of urban struggles to reclaim public space and build culture, and be intrigued by Harvey’s musings on how to grow a lively, resilient revolutionary anticapitalist movement.”—Publisher's Weekly

“A consistent intelligent voice of the left.”—Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times

Publishers Weekly
Taking Henri Lefebvre’s 1967 essay, “The Right to the City,” as his jumping-off point, Harvey (Social Justice and the City) examines real estate booms and busts and predation on vulnerable populations; commodification of culture; neo-liberal capitalist dominance; and urban uprisings, from the Paris Commune to the massive 2006 protest against U.S. anti-immigrant policies to urbanized peasants and mineworkers in El Alto, Bolivia, who organized themselves and instigated a progressive Bolivian government. He asks: “Is there something about the urban process and the urban experience... under capitalism, that, in itself, has the potential to ground anti-capitalist struggles?” In the process, he considers what a collective right to the city could mean to those who create and revivify it, and defines problems for which any viable anticapitalist movement must have answers: the material impoverishment of much of the world’s population; the dangers of environmental degradations and ecological transformations; and the “sheer impossibility” of endless capital accumulation and compound growth. Academic Marxists and other social critics are the book’s likely primary audience, but intellectuals in the Occupy movement may appreciate its descriptions of historic and international parallel urban struggles to reclaim public space and build culture, and they may be intrigued by Harvey’s musings on how to grow a lively, resilient revolutionary anticapitalist movement beyond the local. (Apr.)
Richard Sennett
“Harvey is a scholarly radical; his writing is free of journalistic clichés, full of facts and carefully thought-through ideas.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781680742
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 408,667
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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