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Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography

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David Harvey is the most influential geographer of our era, possessing a reputation that extends across the social sciences and humanities. Spaces of Capital, a collection of seminal articles and new essays spanning three decades, demonstrates why his work has had-and continues to have-such a major impact. The book gathers together some of Harvey's best work on two of his ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 18th 2002 by Routledge (first published October 1st 2001)
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Spaces of Capital is a collection of essays by David Harvey, a geographer whose work has embraced elements of sociology, history, and economics, amongst other fields. Harvey is Marxist, and seeks both to use Marxist methodologies to give the field of geography a more critical, coherent framework, and to inject a greater sense of space/geographical difference into orthodox Marxist thought. I'm a historian, not a geographer, and not someone with a great background in theory, so I was very pleased ...more
The most important contribution of this book is the approach towards critical geography and the way geography as a discipline evolved out of its mainstream history towards a more critical analytical use in understanding contemporary transformations in human kind's relationship to nature. The weakness in my opinion was the heavy reliance on the English-speaking world and relative neglect for the rest. This is true not only for theoretical references as well as for the cases under focus. Still, it ...more
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David Harvey doesn't have an easy task. As one of the few geographers who is watched by the whole cultural-studies set, he has to build a bridge between geographic writing and more general, interdisciplinary writing. The essays collected in "Spaces of Capital" are a pretty good attempt, though. His magisterial "The Condition of Postmodernity" is the primary text of Harvey's read by the world outside the geography department, and this makes a good accompanying volume, containing more specifically ...more
a collection of essays that will cover some early/provisional formulations of very familiar territory for any reader of harvey. inessential. (also: printed on very distractingly shiny paper. why??)
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Harvey is a master at articulating social processes. I may not buy his Marxist explanation, but his book helps me to theorize.
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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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