Spaces of Hope

ISBN-10: 0520225783
ISBN-13: 9780520225787
Edition: 2000
Authors: David Harvey
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/29/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 303
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

As the twentieth century drew to a close, the rich were getting richer; power was concentrating within huge corporations; vast tracts of the earth were being laid waste; three quarters of the earth's population had no control over its destiny and no claim to basic rights. There was nothing new in this. Whatwasnew was the virtual absence of any political will to do anything about it.Spaces of Hopetakes issue with this. David Harvey brings an exciting perspective to two of the principal themes of contemporary social discourse: globalization and the body. Exploring the uneven geographical development of late-twentieth-century capitalism, and placing the working body in relation to this new geography, he finds in Marx's writings a wealth of relevant analysis and theoretical insight. In order to make much-needed changes, Harvey maintains, we need to become the architects of a different living and working environment and to learn to bridge the micro-scale of the body and the personal and the macro-scale of global political economy. Utopian movements have for centuries tried to construct a just society. Harvey looks at their history to ask why they failed and what the ideas behind them might still have to offer. His devastating description of the existing urban environment (Baltimore is his case study) fuels his argument that we can and must use the force of utopian imagining against all who say "there is no alternative." He outlines a new kind of utopian thought, which he calls dialectical utopianism, and refocuses our attention on possible designs for a more equitable world of work and living with nature. If any political ideology or plan is to work, he argues, it must take account of our human qualities. Finally, Harvey dares to sketch a very personal utopian vision in an appendix, one that leaves no doubt about his own geography of hope.

David Harvey received a Bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in geography from Cambridge University. After graduating in 1961, he joined the geography department at Bristol University as a lecturer. In the following years, he held teaching positions at Johns Hopkins and Oxford universities. He has written numerous books including Justice Nature and the Geography of Differences, The Urban Experience, The Condition of Postmodernity, and An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change. He has received many honors, among them the Outstanding Contributor Award of the Association of American Geographers, the Anders Retzuis Gold Medal of the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography, and the Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize.

Acknowledgements
List of plates
Introduction
The difference a generation makes
Uneven geographical developments
The geography of the Manifesto
'Working Men of All Countries, Unite!'
Contemporary globalization
Uneven geographical developments and universal rights
On bodies and political persons in global space
The body as an accumulation strategy
Body politics and the struggle for a living wage
The utopian moment
The spaces of Utopia
Dialectical utopianism
Conversations on the plurality of alternatives
On architects, bees, and 'species being'
Responsibilities towards nature and human nature
The insurgent architect at work
Edilia, or 'Make of it what you will'
Bibliography
Index

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