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

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

by David Harvey

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Overview

Long before Occupy, cities were the subject of much utopian thinking. They are the centers of capital accumulation as well as of revolutionary politics, where deeper currents of social and political change rise to the surface. Do the financiers and developers control access to urban resources or do the people? Who dictates the quality and organization of daily life?

Rebel Cities places the city at the heart of both capital and class struggles, looking at locations ranging from Johannesburg to Mumbai, from New York City to São Paulo. Drawing on the Paris Commune as well as Occupy Wall Street and the London Riots, Harvey asks how cities might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically sane ways—and how they can become the focus for anti-capitalist resistance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788734929
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 595,857
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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

Table of Contents

Preface: Henri Lefebvre's Vision ix

Section I The Right to the City

1 The Right to the City 3

2 The Urban Roots of Capitalist Crises 27

3 The Creation of the Urban Commons 67

4 The Art of Rent 89

Section II Rebel Cities

5 Reclaiming the City for Anti-Capitalist Struggle 115

6 London 2011: Feral Capitalism Hits the Streets 155

7 #OWS: The Party of Wall Street Meets Its Nemesis 159

Acknowledgments 165

Notes 167

Index 181

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