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By Noel Castree, Derek Gregory

This e-book severely interrogates the paintings of David Harvey, one of many world’s so much influential geographers, and one among its most sensible recognized Marxists.

* Considers the complete variety of Harvey’s oeuvre, from the character of urbanism to environmental concerns.
* Written by means of members from around the human sciences, working with a variety of serious theories.
* specializes in key topics in Harvey’s paintings.
* encompasses a consolidated bibliography of Harvey’s writings.

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Another factor is clearly political. 11 The positivism it advocated was unable to achieve his political goals, which were thrown into sharp relief by the events of 1968, and later by his own move to Baltimore. In order to cope, a more radical, a more explicitly political, line was needed. Marx. Only Marx provided ‘secure islands of concepts’ to ‘reach out’ into the troubled waters that surrounded Harvey, making sense of what was going on, and providing the possibility for propitious political change (Harvey 1985a: xvi).

Its constructions move towards completion, and in their most imperious forms they seek not only to order the partially ordered but also to display the whole world within a self-sufficient grid. It never works out quite like that, but to unlearn these privileges requires an openness to what Cindi Katz calls theory in a minor key: to theorizations that are situated, partial, incomplete, and constantly muddied by what she describes as ‘the messy entailments of indeterminacy’. 38 This is the crux of the critique of Harvey’s project.

In the present conjuncture, however, and the other pinion of Harvey’s argument, the resolution of this structural crisis has produced creative destruction with a vengeance, as the violence of accumulation by dispossession has been aggravated by territorial logics of power turned outwards and visited on those ‘others’ by the military violence of aggressor states. 27 Achilles’ Heels The consistency and clarity of Harvey’s project is at once his strength and weakness. The continuities that I have identified do not make Harvey’s work predictable.

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