Cities have long been the pivotal sites of political revolutions, where deeper currents of social and political change are fleshed out. Consequently, they have been the subject of much utopian thinking about alternatives. But at the same time, they are also the centres of capital accumulation, and therefore the frontline for struggles over who has the right to the city, and who dictates the quality and organization of daily life. Is it the developers and financiers, or the people? David Harvey’s Rebel Cities places the city at the heart of both capital and class struggles, looking at locations ranging from Johannesburg to Mumbai, and from New York City to Sao Paulo. By exploring how cities might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically sane ways, Harvey argues that cities can become the focus for anti-capitalist resistance.
Professor David Harvey is one of the world’s most influential social scientists and a Professor at the Graduate Center, University of New York. His many books include The New Imperialism; Paris, Capital of Modernity; Social Justice and the City; The Limits to Capital; The Urbanization of Capital; The Condition of Postmodernity; Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference; Spaces of Hope; Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography; A Brief History of Neoliberalism and The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism. His work also contributes to broader social and political debate. He is a leading proponent of the idea of ‘The Right to the City’, and in recent years he has become an internationally recognised ‘public intellectual’ in part due to the success of his popular online lectures on Marx’s Capital and superb public lectures. Visit his website at davidharvey.org.
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