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Justice, Nature and the Geography

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This book engages with the politics of social and environmental justice, and seeks new ways to think about the future of urbanization in the twenty-first century. It establishes foundational concepts for understanding how space, time, place and nature - the material frames of daily life - are constituted and represented through social practices, not as separate elements bu ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 23rd 1997 by Wiley-Blackwell
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Sep 26, 2012 Rose rated it it was amazing
I'm re-reading the later chapters of Justice, Nature etc for a paper I'm writing now which has to do with urbanism, migration and justice. But need no excuse to read David Harvey at any time - he is so brilliantly erudite, subversive, provocative. And cleverly, to his core, a socialist. Always new.
Feb 18, 2015 M rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite book by David Harvey. It synthesizes literature including political economy, social ecology, dialectics, and anthropology. Some of my favourite sections are on dialectics and the dialectical method, and his analysis of so-called natural scarcity and social relations that produce scarcity.
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May 11, 2015 Mara Eastern rated it liked it
Shelves: space, marxism
The book suffers heavily from a poor table of contents. Only titles of main chapters are included in the contents, which makes a book of 300+ pages difficult to use. While the author demonstrates a thorough insight into all aspects of his multidisciplinary topic, less opaque discursiveness and more concision would serve the purpose better.
Jan 03, 2008 Monster rated it really liked it
a beautiful synthesis of ideas, Harvey is quickly becoming a hero of mine. his writing is quite dense, but he carefully situates all of his ideas prior to delving in and parses out foundational work and its problems in order to prevent misunderstanding. i haven't read a lot of Harvey, but am excited to see a lot of Marxist criticisms of Marx which creates a tautological playground for some of us.
Adam Rice
Read this for a geography class while studying abroad at RHUL in the UK.

Discusses social-environmental justice in urban settings.

Intellectually challenging but easy to read, well-reasoned, somewhat provocative.
Mar 07, 2013 Colin rated it liked it
not his best work. still david harvey
Mar 20, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it
Interesting and helpful theoretically, but not something I would just sit down and read for fun.
Jul 26, 2007 Analia is currently reading it
i've been working on this one for the past 4 months. a marxist analysis of environmental justice. slow but i'm learning a lot!

... i should give up... i'm never going to finish this book...
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David Harvey (born 1935) is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). A leading social theorist of international standing, he graduated from University of Cambridge with a PhD in Geography in 1961. He is the world's most cited academic geographer (according to Andrew Bodman, see Transactions of the IBG, 1991,1992), and the author ...more
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