- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Verso Books; 2 edition (22 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781680744
- ISBN-13: 978-1781680742
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution Paperback – 22 Apr 2013
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Forensic and ferocious. --Owen Hatherley, Guardian
A consistent intelligent voice of the left. --Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times
David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals. --Naomi Klein
About the Author
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, Spaces of Global Capitalism, and A Companion to Marx's Capital.
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The book also describes how construction companies in Seoul hired teams of sumo wrestlers in order to make them invade and crush entire living areas so that people would abandon the areas and thereby leave them free for selling to rich people.
Also a critic of the formerly famous micro loans in Bangladesh is included. The loans are not so desirable anymore as they fix the women in indebted positions with interests of 18% or more.
The reading is quite demanding but provides an interesting angle to the connection between the economy of a nation and the right to the cities.
He starts with 'The Urban Roots of Capitalist Crises', looking at the bases of the current malaise from a Marxist perspective. Too often, he suggests, Marxist analyses of the crises of capitalism parallel or mirror bourgeois economics, considering exploitation of the proletariat within a national economy. Harvey suggests that:
'[t]he role of the property market in creating the crisis conditions of 2007-09, and its aftermath of unemployment and austerity (much of it administered at the local and municipal level) is not well understood, because there has been no serious attempt to integrate an understanding of processes of urbanization and built-environment formation into the general theory of laws of motion of capital. As a consequence, many Marxists theorists, who love crises to death, tend to treat the recent crash as an obvious manifestation of their favoured version of Marxist crisis.' (P35)
Harvey goes on, therefore, to address this lack and to explore the role of housing and the built environment in the current crisis. Much of this will be familiar to anyone who has taken even a moderate interest in current affairs - the rise of predatory lending, the housing asset bubble, political pressures on state supported institutions such as the US Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, years of low interest rates and the supply of 'cheap' money all leading to the final collapse of the asset bubble. But he extends this account to consider the longer term 'capital accumulation through urbanization' (P42).Read more ›
On the former topic, his chapter on wine-making is particularly excellent, using this perhaps obscure topic to delineate how different kinds of rent are the practical form of accumulation and thereby structure its production from beginning to end. One important aspect here that Harvey rightly, and quite originally, underlines is the necessarily subjective nature of rent: because rent is a category of distribution, it is entirely dependent on the social convention of property, and thereby requires constant efforts to reinforce those symbolic and subjective discourses and ideologies that underpin its existence as property.Read more ›
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The book was in great condition could'nt have expected anymore.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
We picked this up for our first book club meeting, drawn in by the blurb and title... Mistake!
It's a whole lot of figures and boring facts. Read more
The book arrived in a relatively short time, and I started reading it right away. David Harvey doesn't hide anything: his radical views on how capitalism uses the urban areas are... Read morePublished on 10 July 2013 by Rodrigo Rivera
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