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ISBN-13: 978-1557866813 ISBN-10: 1557866813 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 23, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557866813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557866813
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As always with Harvey's work, this is a book rich in ideas and dense in argument... It should be widely read and argued over by all of us in the urban and environmental field." –P. Healey, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design

"This surely is a most important book and one to turn to again and again as David Harvey's work never fails to be challenging." –Linda McDowell, University of Cambridge

"... Harvey's writing remains enviably readable and maintains a compelling sense of urgency and purpose." –Steve Hinchliffe, Open University

"... this book deserves a very wide readership, even among those who are more practically or even policy oriented. It is a rich and creative text, which confronts some of the biggest social and political questions we face today." –Allan Cochrane, The Open University


"As a contribution to the development of geographical scholarship in the historical materialist tradition, this is a landmark volume..." –David M. Smith, Queen Mary and Westfield College


"Clearly, this book is a tour de force ... Its breadth of reference makes almost every page interesting and provocative." –Alan M. Hay, The Geographical Journal


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David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of many books including Social Justice and the City, The Condition of Postmodernity, The Limits to Capital, A Brief History of Neoliberalism and Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ingonyama VINE VOICE on November 2, 2008
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This is a big, sprawling book; I put off buying it for years b/c of the price but could never get very far in a library copy b/c it seemed like such an undertaking. It's not a book one could assign in a typical book-a-week grad school course. As academic reviewers have pointed out, Harvey is pulling together LOTS of different strands and theorists here--Leibniz, Haraway, Bourdieu, Whitehead, & many others. If you've read a lot of these folks before, Harvey has a lot to say, but if you haven't, this should definitely not be your introduction to Harvey's thought (I'd recommend Condition of Postmodernity, or maybe The New Imperialism). Some sections are fantastic - part I ch. 2 on Dialectics for example is a fantastically clear, lucid explanation of a dialectical approach. But it just keeps going, with a lot of material that might have been better published as separate critical articles on particular theorists, or relegated to footnotes, so that the overall argument gets diluted. All that said, it's a book that anyone working on space and place in the social sciences should read eventually, and one that offers lots of ideas for thinking about how to integrate or form alliances between various types of identity and locally-grounded politics on one hand, and a larger critique of neoliberal capitalism on the other. But I think Harvey's more recent books -- shorter, tighter and more topically focused -- while still theoretically and analytically brilliant -- probably reflect a welcome response to critics of this book (and if you're serious about the book, it's well worth reading the special issue of Antipode in 1998 devoted to it -- it's a work of such complexity that most readers will probably want some other opinions and a bit of guidance in making sense of it all).
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12 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Noah J Toly on April 3, 2000
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Harvey presents an excellent review of the concept of justice (both social and environmental) and its survival in postmodern context. Also a nice treatment of dialectical reasoning.
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tusar N. Mohapatra on October 22, 2005
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This book is a spectacular down-to-earth attempt to trasnscend positivism as well as Marxism. The very logic of the erudite author's argument alights in a blind alley, where the Heideggerian ambivalence remains the only saviour. This daring milestone in the history of thought would always be an inspiring read.
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2 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Taylor on March 10, 2010
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The author seems to jump around subjects and I don't think his aim was clarity of explanation at all. I think his goal was to fit as many extra words and unrelated babbling as he could. The book was just way too much of everything and not at all focused. I don't know how else to explain this. It was a required read for a class and I would say that it was excruciatingly painful, hard to follow, and I got absolutely nothing for my time. I can't tell you a single thing that I got out of it.
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