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Understanding Henri Lefebvre Paperback – March 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0826470034 ISBN-10: 0826470033 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826470033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826470034
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...In a relatively short book, Elden has achieved a great deal. He combines considerable breadth of understanding, with a rigourous attention to the details of Lefebvre's work...Anyone with more than a passing interest in Lefebvre, especially if they have been unable to interrogate his original works in French, will benefit from a detailed engagement with Elden's sensitive and provocative analysis of one of France's most important theories.'
(Tim Unwin)

'...the most thorough, complete and rich account of the full range and scope of Henri Lefebvre's intellectual concersn from the 1920s to his death in 1991.'
(Neil Maycroft Capital and Class)

'...Lefebvre was extraordinarily prolific and his oeuvre contains numerous works that are often neglected or have yet to be brought into focus by commentators. This is something that Elden's truly compendious Understanding Henri Lefebvre helps to correct...Elden has performed a fine service to Lefebvre scholarship here. His book will help to orient an English-speaking audience to the sophisticated philosophical background of one of the most original calls to revolutionary thought and action of the twentieth century.' (Andrew Aitken)

'...In a relatively short book, Elden has achieved a great deal. He combines considerable breadth of understanding, with a rigourous attention to the details of Lefebvre's work...Anyone with more than a passing interest in Lefebvre, especially if they have been unable to interrogate his original works in French, will benefit from a detailed engagement with Elden's sensitive and provocative analysis of one of France's most important theories.'
(Sanford Lakoff)

'...the most thorough, complete and rich account of the full range and scope of Henri Lefebvre's intellectual concersn from the 1920s to his death in 1991.'
(Sanford Lakoff Capital and Class)

About the Author

Stuart Elden is a Professor of Political Geography at Durham University.

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I'm a Professor of Political Theory and Geography at University of Warwick, and was previously Professor of Political Geography at Durham University, UK.

I have a blog at www.progressivegeographies.com, and tweet at @stuartelden

I am currently writing a book entitled Foucault's Last Decade for Polity press, and working on projects on Shakespeare and concepts of the world and earth. I also am one of the editors of the journal Society and Space (Environment and Planning D). When I'm not writing I enjoy cycling, watching cricket and music.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kayem on January 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
This text provides an excellent English-language review of the broad and complex work of one of the greatest French-language philosophers and social theorists of the 20th century. The few items of Lefebvre's large ouevre that are available in English translation are frequently demanding. Elden's book offers a concise and compeling exegesis of Lefebvre's major intellectual threads and provides a recommended companion to Lefebvre's own writing for English-speaking audiences.

That said, Elden's book would also serve well for readers wishing to familiarise themselves with the major theoretical concerns of Lefebvre without wishing to delve too deeply into the original works.

The book is particulary good in its ability to draw out many of the aspects of Lefebvre's thinking beyond the analysis of space - aspects that have been sorely neglected in much English-language use of Lefebvre (to be fair, no doubt due to a lack of adequate translations of primary texts).

Elden provides a very good set of notes as a critical apparatus that refer readers to many worthy secondary articles and texts. While the publisher's review suggests that the book pays particular attention to Lefebvre's relation to his contemporaries, this is a bit of an overstatement. His relation to the French Communist Party is thoroughly discussed for the level it is aiming at, however Lefebvre's cross-pollination with other French Marxists such as the Arguments Group is not covered in sufficient depth and the discussion of his relation to the Situationist International is highly uncritical - indicating perhaps Elden's largely uncritical rendering of Lefebvre's work more generally.

Overall a superb addition to English-language study of Lefebvre and one which fairly positions Lefebre as one of the most important Western Marxist contributors.
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