Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography

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David Harvey is the most influential geographer of our era, possessing a reputation that extends across the social sciences and humanities. Spaces of Capital, a collection of seminal articles and new essays spanning three decades, demonstrates why his work has had-and continues to have-such a major impact. The book gathers together some of Harvey's best work on two of his central concerns: the relationship between geographical thought and political power as well as the capitalist production of space. In addition, he chips away at geography's pretenses of "scientific" neutrality and grounds spatial theory in social justice. Harvey also reflects on the work and careers of little-noticed or misrepresented figures in geography's intellectual history-Kant, Von Th√ľnen, Humboldt, Lattimore, Hegel, Heidegger, Darwin, Malthus, Foucault and many others.

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Editorial Reviews

Iris Young
Spanning nearly three decades of work, this collection shows David Harvey as steadfast in his commitments while he keeps up with changing times.
Sharon Zukin
These wise reflections on intellectual movements and political battles of the recent past show why David Harvey has become such an impressive figure of contemporary social critique. His fierce intellectual independence and equally insistent moral decency illuminate a concern for social justice that is primarily economic but extends into every sphere. No other scholar of our day has delved so deeply into the powers of capital to remake space and time, or argued so persuasively to place these processes at teh core of all social thought.
Giovanni Arrighi
David Harvey has done more than anyone else to demonstrate the centrality of geographical space in the evolution of human society under capitalism. He has done so in a constant dialogue with Marx, aware of the need to confront not just Marx's strengths but his weaknesses. Written over twenty-five years, these essays are an invaluable source of ideas on how human geography shapes and is in turn shaped by capitalist development. The book provides an excellent introduction to Harvey's work: it is essential reading for those interested in creative reinterpretations of Marx and in the historical geography of capitalism globally and locally.
Library Journal
Harvey (anthropology, CUNY Graduate Sch.) is one of the most influential geographers of the later 20th century, especially as concerns the relationship among politics, capitalism, and the social aspects of geographical theory. His previous and still cogent works include Explanation in Geography, Social Justice and the City, and Spaces of Hope. His new book provides the daring reader with an introduction to fields of inquiry collectively termed the new geography or critical geography. Harvey delves deeply into the collective psyche of geography as a discipline and attacks long-held assumptions of scientific neutrality within it, particularly in the chapter titled "Population, Resources, and the Ideology of Science." He also gives a chronology of his own geographic thought and his philosophical underpinnings such as Hegel, Marx, Kant, Heidegger, and the like and a unique perspective on capitalism as a driving force in shaping the physical arrangement of societies. Most geographers may take much of this book as an indictment against their chosen field, but Harvey certainly gives us much to consider. Appropriate for larger public libraries and academic libraries. John E. Dockall, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415932417
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate School. He was previously Professor of Geography at both the Johns Hopkins University and Oxford University. His books include Explanation in Geography (1969), Social Justice and the City (1973), The Limits to Capital (1982), The Urban Experience (1988), The Condition of Postmodernity (1989), Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference (1996) and Spaces of Hope (2000).

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Table of Contents

1 Reinventing geography: an interview with the editors of New Left Review 3
2 What kind of geography for what kind of public policy? 27
3 Population, resources, and the ideology of science 38
4 On countering the Marxian myth - Chicago-style 68
5 Owen Lattimore: a memoire 90
6 On the history and present condition of geography: an historical materialist manifesto 108
7 Capitalism: the factory of fragmentation 121
8 A view from Federal Hill 128
9 Militant particularism and global ambition: the conceptual politics of place, space, and environment in the work of Raymond Williams 158
10 City and justice: social movements in the city 188
11 Cartographic identities: geographical knowledges under globalization 208
12 The geography of capitalist accumulation: a reconstruction of the Marxian theory 237
13 The Marxian theory of the state 267
14 The spatial fix: Hegel, Von Thunen and Marx 284
15 The geopolitics of capitalism 312
16 From managerialism to entrepreneurialism: the transformation in urban governance in late capitalism 345
17 The geography of class power 369
18 The art of rent: globalization and the commodification of culture 394
Bibliography 412
Index 423
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