Spaces of Global Capitalism: A Theory of Uneven Geographical Development

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Fiscal crises have cascaded across much of the developing world with devastating results, from Mexico to Indonesia, Russia and Argentina. The extreme volatility in contemporary political economic fortunes seems to mock our best efforts to understand the forces that drive development in the world economy.

David Harvey is the single most important geographer writing today and a leading social theorist of our age, offering a comprehensive critique of contemporary capitalism. In ...

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Overview

Fiscal crises have cascaded across much of the developing world with devastating results, from Mexico to Indonesia, Russia and Argentina. The extreme volatility in contemporary political economic fortunes seems to mock our best efforts to understand the forces that drive development in the world economy.

David Harvey is the single most important geographer writing today and a leading social theorist of our age, offering a comprehensive critique of contemporary capitalism. In this fascinating book, he shows the way forward for just such an understanding, enlarging upon the key themes in his recent work: the development of neoliberalism, the spread of inequalities across the globe, and ‘space’ as a key theoretical concept.

Both a major declaration of a new research programme and a concise introduction to David Harvey’s central concerns, this book will be essential reading for scholars and students across the humanities and social sciences.

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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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“Harvey is a scholarly radical; his writing is free of journalistic clichés, full of facts and carefully thought-through ideas.”—Richard Sennett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844675500
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 5/15/2006
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 722,511
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of many books, including Social Justice and the City, The Condition of Postmodernity, The Limits to Capital, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Spaces of Global Capitalism, and A Companion to Marx’s Capital. His website is davidharvey.org
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Table of Contents

Introduction : Hettner-lecture 2004 in Heidelberg 1
Neo-liberalism and the restoration of class power 7
Notes toward a theory of uneven geographical development 69
Space as a key word 117
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    space as a political reality

    'Gaining some sense of how space is and how different spatialities and spatio-temporalities work is crucial to the constructive of a distinctively geographical imagination.' And such an imagination is necessary to national and global politics, especially the economics interrelated to these. To fail to have a concept of space is to 'court political irrelevance' and at least to fail to understand how and why only certain places are benefiting from globalism. Harvey teaches at CUNY's Graduate Center, and has written previous books. In his theory, space is not simply physical, but is a concept that refers as well to political, economic, and cultural positions or dominances attained by capitalism. Thus he sees 'spaces of the world economy' and notes that 'investments in the built environment effectively define regional spaces for the circulation of capital.' The spottiness and unevenness of globalism has been pointed out by many. But Harvey is interested in how and why this is happening as a matter of course so that the 'spaces' not realizing the benefits of globalism or exploited by it can share in its benefits touted by those nations and businesses leading it. Harvey's incorporation of the concept 'space' and all its facets into political theory shows his theory to be particularly relevant and timely in this time of postmodernism where space has been much considered with respect to social life. Discussions of space and other aspects of the theory with respect to Iraq and China further go to indicate the applicability of the theory to conditions of today's world and forces shaping its future.

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