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Uneven Development: Nature, Capital and the Production of Space

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Offers the theory of uneven geographical development, expanding on established ideas regarding space and nature and combining these with a critique of capitalist economics.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published June 21st 2010 by Verso (first published January 1st 1984)
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Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: critical-theory
"Today crisis does not spring from the interface between society and an external nature but from the contradictions at the heart of the social production process itself. Insofar as social crises are still attributed to natural scarcity today, this should be seen as a produced scarcity in nature." (84)

the first three chapters of this book are amazing: wide-ranging and astute readings of marx; a great discussion of universal/external dualism in the bourgeois ideology of nature; absolute vs relativ
A short text that should provide a good basis for Marxist geography, Uneven Development is most of all a groundwork, elaborating concepts such as produced space and the contradiction between fixed and mobile capital (hence Detroit). Now, it's not without its flaws... being written in the '80s, there's the obligatory, unfortunate attempt to bring relativity theory into the mix... but those can easily be overlooked, and in many cases simply skipped.
Dec 22, 2015 marked it as to-keep-ref  ·  review of another edition
Sobre el desarrollo desigual y las diferencias geográficas de la expansión capitalista.

Imperio Pág.171
Just read the authors he cites in his bibliography instead. This is equally derivative and adulterated compressions of Marx, Harvey, Sohn-Rethel, and Lenin, with an interesting but unsuccessful attempt to bridge geography with Einsteinian relativity theory.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading
Smith's classic and underread (at least by literature scholars) history and analysis of the spaces and geographies of capitalism. A necessary precursor to his later history of Isaiah Bowman and work on the geographies of Empire and neoliberal globalization.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very nice introduction to the geographical aspects of Marx and their impact on uneven development throughout the world.
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