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also by david harvey. The Limits to Capital (). The Condition of Postmodernity (). The New Imperialism (). A Brief History of Neoliberalism (). Bodirsky (to whom many thanks) of the audio recording of the lectures given in the spring of The video lectures (see pixia-club.info), organized by Chris . Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data. Harvey, David, The condition of post modernity / David Harvey p. cm. Bibliography: p. Includes index.

These massive transformations were debt funded allowing Parisian bourgeoisie an outlet for their capital surplus. The modern city, the one funded by private equity and public debt, was born. Fortunately, its political project failed but the social impact on the French society was deep.

The Capitalist city serves the accumulation of wealth by dispossession of the working class. It does so precisely by obstructing social organisation that could generate subversive new ideas for social and political reform, for creation urban communes.

The house mortgage is another obstruction- workers with mortgage are definitely less likely to participate in an organised protest against exploitation or any other social injustice.

Debt and consumerism are effective tools against anti-capitalist organisation. Rampant urbanisation in the recent years, in India, China, Africa, Middle East, is largely driven by surplus from global capital markets. Existing cities are growing and new ones are being created through dispossession of the working class in the inner cities or of agricultural, rural or even tribal communities in the peri-urban or green- field sites.

This growth on steroids is only intended to park surplus capital rather than for any Fig. Space for Dissent Fig.

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Space for Conformism habitation. This is confirmed by the fact that in Mumbai property acquisition prices have sky- rocketed in the past few years whereas as rental costs, which are a more direct reflection of market viability, are steady or have increased only nominally. The other form of obstruction to social organisation in the city is crass consumerism.

The revolution can wait- as we sip cappuccinos at Starbucks! Apart from the unfathomable environmental, cost unbridled consumerism is encouraging high family debt for housing, education, healthcare but also for non-essential expenditure such as purchase of cars, holidays, fashion etc.

As discussed earlier a debt ridden family is vulnerable and thus less prone to protest and more ready for exploitation. Harvey is deeply disturbed by the militarisation of urban conflict.

Dissent has always been curbed by force but increasingly one can see quasi-military forces are deployed to repress even anodyne protest. This would be the most direct, violent and intimidating obstruction to social organisation as most would desist out of fear.

A companion to Marx's Capital - David Harvey

Harvey, and many others, believes that the real estate boom of the recent years is a window dressing for an impending financial crisis that is just around the corner.

Accumulation of wealth cannot continue forever. The urban conflicts are in fact expression of people's claims on their space and a symptom of this crisis. The city has always been a privileged place for dissent and subsequently for social and political transformation.

Harvey observes that the neo-liberalism is suppressing this aspect of the city by eliminating the very public space for dissent.

It is much more than a question of access to the amenities and services that the city may provide, but a more fundamental socio-political right. It is often quoted that we define our built environment and it defines us in return. Thus the kind of cities we build will define the kind of societies we will create. It is thus important that people have a bigger role to play in shaping their city because it will eventually shape the society they will live in.

His writing and lectures, in the best Marxist tradition, are very lucid and engaging. They are much like a political pamphlet aimed at convincing you to rally round the cause. List of Contributors ix Melissa W. She has conducted research along the Mexico—US border, particularly in Ciudad Juarez, since the early s. She has published articles in geography, anthropology, feminist studies and cultural studies, and co-edited Geographies of Power: Placing Scale with Andrew Herod, Blackwell, The plural is deliberate.

They are produced in multiple locations, inside and outside the academy, and they shape multiple publics, for good and ill. British Academy, pp. Not only is there a spatial systematics to his project, a series of itineraries shot through with critical recommendations and evaluations, but there is also something panoramic, selective and authoritative about his view of the world.

This is a perfectly valid interpretation, but for all the differences between them, I think that there are also a number of revealing continuities. Troubling Geographies 3 Explanation in Geography, published in , was written against the background of two revolutions. This is a shorthand expression a misleading one at that for a concerted movement away from traditional regional geography towards a formal spatial science.

Harvey was no observer standing on the sidelines. Explanation was about more than the projection of these methods onto the terrain of geographical inquiry.

The issue had emerged out of his doctoral research on agricultural change in nineteenth- century Kent, a study in traditional historical geography, but Harvey subsequently 5 Ibid.

Troubling Geographies 5 reformulated the question in the lexicon of modern location theory.

If, as now seemed likely, it was simply impossible to infer generative process from geometric form, then how could a process-based geography be developed? Although he never put it quite like this, how could History and Geography be convened within a plenary, integrated — in a word, unitary — science of terrestrial change?

I was reading Geography at Cambridge when it was published, and even for someone being expertly schooled in spatial science, locational analysis and systems theory it was an unusually demanding text.

Chorley and Peter Haggett eds. In fact, he later attributed the limitations of the book to its preoccupation with language, and distanced himself from the formal language systems that structured spatial analysis in favour of ordinary language systems capable of capturing the substance of social practices. As Harvey was soon to remind his readers, however, Marx had warned that there was no royal road to science. But soon after its publication, and coinciding with his move from the UK to the United States, Harvey began to explore the ethical and political dimensions of geographical inquiry that had been suspended during his ascetic pilgrimage through the philosophy and methodology of science.

His initial forays were recorded in the essays that compose Social Justice and the City. This was a much more subversive book than Explanation and it had much more of an impact inside and outside the discipline.

Harvey gave a lecture based on one of the early essays in the book to an undergraduate conference I attended at Bristol, and the effect was electric. I choose my words with care: the object of his studies, and of the various reading groups and courses in which he was involved, was Marx not Marxism. This emphasized two central dimensions. These are both serious limits to Limits, to be sure, and yet even 10 11 This is not the only difference between neoclassical economics and historical materialism, of course.

I remember Harvey being taxed at a conference by a cocksure critic who insisted on the superior analysis afforded by the neoclassical trinity of land, labour and capital. Turning to the board where he had developed a complex circuit diagram in the course of his presentation, Harvey showed that the categories he had worked with were landlords, labourers and capitalists.

Science and systematicity, space and transformation have remained its watchwords. Thinking Space London: Routledge, Although this too is a keyword for both Geography and historico- geographical materialism, Harvey accords it much less systematic discussion. It receives its most sustained treatment in his Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference Oxford: Blackwell, In Limits, Harvey had mapped the circuits of expanded reproduction with precision — the dispersed and distributed exploitation of living labour — and, like Marx, had relegated primary accumulation to the formative stages of the transition from European feudalism to capitalism.

The subsequent tensions between imperial spectacle and 15 16 David Harvey, Consciousness and the Urban Experience Oxford: Blackwell, p. But see my cautionary remark on mirroring below, p. First, in the pursuit of these other paths, how far have the co- ordinates Harvey established in the trajectory from Explanation to Limits continued to guide his project?

Can his work still be read through the same grid? Second, in extending the conceptual and substantive boundaries of his project, to what degree has Harvey integrated the theoretical with the empirical?

What is the connection between these registers? These questions provide the framework for the rest of this chapter. The last two enable him to set its geographies in motion and show how the dynamics of capitalism are embedded in its turbulent spaces. I will consider each in turn. In one of the closing chapters of Condition he had insisted on the continuing importance of historical materialism, but in subsequent essays he had raised the bar to claim that its insights into political economy had become steadily more acute.

The two circuits are not antagonistic but dialectically intertwined; so too are internal politics and external expansion. Troubling Geographies 15 demons at home as well as abroad.

A companion to Marx's Capital - David Harvey

The interest in space and transformation runs like a red line through all his texts. Dispossession is crucial to this, and its forms recur and reconstitute themselves endlessly. Hence the periodic movement of capitalism outwards, to geographies and polities it can plunder almost unopposed.

Or so it hoped, in the case of Iraq. But Harvey shows Paris to have been an insurgent city not only during the commotions of and the Commune of —1 but also in the creative destructions and the no less creative accommodations to them that animated the spaces of the city in the intervening years. But even as Moretti connects stories and spaces he has to separate them, and so renders the spaces of Paris as pre- given to rather than produced through their representations.

Troubling Geographies 17 processes of time-space compression. In contradistinction to the geometric abstractions of spatial science, therefore, time-space compression functions as a sort of conceptual switch; its origins lie in the circuits through which the rotation time of capital is reduced and its sphere of circulation is increased, while its effects are registered in parallel and serial circuits of cultural change.

Seen thus, postmodernism is at once the cultural logic and the cultural landscape of late capitalism. But it was a curiously monotonic map. It planed away the variable geographies of time-space compression, and it discounted the contrary possibility of time-space expansion.

Yet 24 Harvey, Condition op. Gregory, Geographical Imaginations op. Harvey also connects postmodernism to neoliberalism in his Brief History op.

They were compounded by racialization. Most commentators agree that the multiple, material discriminations that arise from gender, sexuality, racialization, and other cultural and social markings that cannot be reduced to the impositions of capital demand a much more sustained discussion. There is something unsatisfactory about this polarity, because the twin logics of power need not confound each other: they may on occasion reinforce one another.

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He has repeatedly introduced theoretical and thematic innovations, and his writings have moved in a spiral as he reactivates and revises concepts from earlier studies and puts them to work in later ones.

Those who think it is should read him carefully rather than skim the references. There is no doubt that his explanations are astonishingly assured — as Nigel 27 28 Harvey, Imperialism op. Harvey, Consciousness op. The art of explanation lies not in simplicity but in intelligibility.

The most common complaints revolve around his commitment to Marxism and metanarrative; we are supposed to have gone beyond both of them.

Put like that, these observations are as uninteresting as they are unproductive. They close down debate by combining a Whiggish promotion of the present with a Kuhnian model of knowledge production: or, in the plainer prose of George W. It is not even past. This has two sources. In his later writings, for example, he repeatedly invokes Heidegger only to dismiss him.The modern city, the one funded by private equity and public debt, was born.

The libcom library contains nearly 20, articles. Accumulation of wealth cannot continue forever. Posted By Tyrion Sep 12 Space for Dissent Fig.

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