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Social Justice And The City

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This collection of essays was inspired by David Harvey's desire to relate principles of social justice to the application of spatial and geographical principles in urban and regional planning. The result is an analysis of urbanism and social need. This reissue contains a foreword by Ira Katznelson and a new afterword by the author.
Published 2006 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1973)
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Social Justice in the City brings you back to the beginnings of geography’s emergence as a radical project, the point at which a whole branch split away from what Harvey terms ‘liberal formulations’ to work towards the transformation of society. It does it through a series of essays that traverse this change in Harvey’s own thinking, creating a provocative and unique book in my mind, and a good reminder of the fields roots in more positivist economic thinking.

It begins an account surprisingly al
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Finally cracking this tome open. Harvey is kind of a genius but, fuck, he's a horrible, horrible writer.

The trouble with reading a textbook is that they're long. From a structural, policy, standpoint, eg the effects of zoning, transportation subsidies, tangible policy decisions with tangible effects, I was pretty impressed, vis a vis the first, half of the book.

And he made the (quite valid, in my opinion) point about the "moral masturbation of collecting more data on urban misery" (144). I think its the implied tone of the rhetorical that's doing the communicative heavy lifting there.

That said, ap
A fundamental reading to understand urbanism through a Marxist perspective.
Harvey rips out the foundations of geography and spatial planning while making complex urban economics seem both commonsensical and exciting. It's an unexpectedly impactful look at inequity in cities.
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One of those books that change the way you view the world and unlocks a new set of ideas and a path forward. Including the Right to the City article at the end was really useful as it provides a much appreciated update on Harvey's thinking since publication.
good intro to human geography, but be sure to read Doreen Massey as well
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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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