Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference

ISBN-10: 1557866813
ISBN-13: 9781557866813
Edition: 1997
Authors: David Harvey
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Description: This book engages with the politics of social and environmental justice, and seeks new ways to think about the future of urbanization in the twenty-first century. It establishes foundational concepts for understanding how space, time, place and  More...

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List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/23/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694

This book engages with the politics of social and environmental justice, and seeks new ways to think about the future of urbanization in the twenty-first century. It establishes foundational concepts for understanding how space, time, place and nature - the material frames of daily life - are constituted and represented through social practices, not as separate elements but in relation to each other. It describes how geographical differences are produced, and shows how they then become fundamental to the exploration of political, economic and ecological alternatives to contemporary life.The book is divided into four parts. Part I describes the problematic nature of action and analysis at different scales of time and space, and introduces the reader to the modes of dialectical thinking and discourse which are used throughout the remainder of the work. Part II examines how nature and environment have been understood and valued in relation to processes of social change and seeks, from this basis, to make sense of contemporary environmental issues.Part III, is a wide-ranging discussion of history, geography and culture, explores the meaning of the social production of space and time, and clarifies problems related to otherness and difference. The final part of the book deploys the foundational arguments the author has established to consider contemporary problems of social justice that have resulted from recent changes in geographical divisions of labor, in the environment, and in the pace and quality of urbanization.Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference speaks to a wide readership of students of social, cultural and spatial theory and of the dynamics of contemporary life. It is a convincing demonstration that it is both possible and necessary to value difference and to seek a just social order.

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.

Thoughts for a Prologue
Introduction
Orientations
Militant Particularism and Global Ambition
Dialectics
A Cautionary Tale on Internal Relations
The Dialectics of Discourse
Historical Agency and the Loci of Social Change
The Nature of Environment: Prologue
The Domination of Nature and its Discontents
Valuing Nature
The Dialectics of Social and Environmental Change
Space, Time and Place: Prologue
The Social Construction of Space and Time
The Currency of Space-Time
From Space to Place and Back Again
Justice, Difference and Politics: Prologue
Class Relations, Social Justice and the Political Geography of Difference
The Environment of Justice
Possible Urban Worlds
Thoughts for an Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

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