Understanding Henri Lefebvre

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Overview

Henri Lefebvre has been celebrated as one of the most influential social theorists of the twentieth century. Understanding Henri Lefebvre places Lefebvre in his historical and intellectual context and analyzes the extraordinary range of his work, across politics, philosophy, history, literature and culture.

Particular emphasis is given to Lefebvre’s trilogy of inspirational thinkers—Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche; his links to contemporaries such as Heidegger, Axelos and the Situationalists; and his critiques of existentialism and structuralism. Analysis of his writings on cities are balanced with those on rural communities, the production of space connected to ideas of time and history, and everyday life linked to the festival and cultural revolution.

Understanding Henri Lefebvre offers the most wide-ranging and reliable account of this central theorist available.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826470034
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Continuum Studies in Philosophy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Elden is a Professor of Political Geography at Durham University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction : Henri Lefebvre 1901-91 1
1 Rethinking Marxism 15
2 Engaging with philosophy 65
3 The critique of everyday life 110
4 From the rural to the urban 127
5 Space and history 169
6 Politics and the state 211
Bibliography of Lefebvre's writings 257
Index of names 263
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