The Point Is To Change It: Geographies of Hope and Survival in an Age of Crisis

Overview

As critical social scientists are apt to say, following Marx, the point of our work is not simply to interpret the world but to change it. In the early 21st century this declaration rings truer than ever. Global economic crisis, transnational environmental problems, record levels of malnourishment, never ending wars, proliferating natural disasters, the forced displacement of whole populations, manufactured scarcities of fuel and food: these and other equally momentous issues ...

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Overview

As critical social scientists are apt to say, following Marx, the point of our work is not simply to interpret the world but to change it. In the early 21st century this declaration rings truer than ever. Global economic crisis, transnational environmental problems, record levels of malnourishment, never ending wars, proliferating natural disasters, the forced displacement of whole populations, manufactured scarcities of fuel and food: these and other equally momentous issues demand the right combination of diagnostic and normative reasoning.

The Point Is To Change It brings together leading critical social scientists to consider the major challenges of our time and what is to be done about them. Commissioned to celebrate the 40th year of Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, these essays comprise advanced but accessible analyses of the present and future world order.

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“In all, an applaudable work of thoughtful scholarship.” (Swedish Society for Anthropology & Geography, 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405198349
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/26/2010
  • Series: Antipode Book Series , #12
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Noel Castree is a Professor in the School of Environment and Development, Manchester University.

Paul Chatterton directs the MA for Social Activism at the University of Leeds.

Nik Heynen is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia.

Wendy Larner is a Professor of Geography at Bristol University who works on globalisation and gender.

Melissa W. Wright is an Associate Professor in the Geography and Women's Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.

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Table of Contents

The Point Is To Change It

Introduction: The Point Is To Change It Noel Castree Paul Chatterton Nik Heynen Wendy Larner Melissa W. Wright 1

1 Now and Then Michael J. Watts 10

2 The Idea of Socialism: From 1968 to the Present-day Crisis Hugo Radice 27

3 The Revolutionary Imperative Neil Smith 50

4 To Make Live or Let Die? Rural Dispossession and the Protection of Surplus Populations Tania Murray Li 66

5 Postneoliberalism and Its Malcontents Jamie Peck Nik Theodore Neil Brenner 94

6 D/developments after the Meltdown Gillian Hart 117

7 Is the Globalization Consensus Dead? Robert Wade 142

8 The Uses of Neoliberalism James Ferguson 166

9 Crisis, Continuity and Change: Neoliberalism, the Left and the Future of Capitalism Noel Castree 185

10 Money Games: Currencies and Power in the Contemporary World Economy John Agnew 214

11 Pre-Black Futures Katharyne Mitchell 239

12 The Shape of Capitalism to Come Paul Cammack 262

13 Who Counts? Dilemmas of Justice in a Postwestphalian World Nancy Fraser 281

14 The Communist Hypothesis and Revolutionary Capitalisms: Exploring the Idea of Communist Geographies for the 21st Century Erik Swyngedouw 298

15 An Economic Ethics for the Anthropocene J. K. Gibson-Graham Gerda Roelvink 320

Index 347

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