Social Justice and the City

ISBN-10: 0820334030

ISBN-13: 9780820334035

Edition: 1973 (Revised)

Authors: David Harvey, Andrew Herod, Nik Heynen, Melissa Wright

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Throughout his distinguished and influential career, David Harvey has defined and redefined the relationship between politics, capitalism, and the social aspects of geographical theory. Laying out Harveyrsquo;s position that geography could not remain objective in the face of urban poverty and associated ills, Social Justice and the City is perhaps the most widely cited work in the field.Harvey analyzes core issues in city planning and policy-employment and housing location, zoning, transport costs, concentrations of poverty-asking in each case about the relationship between social justice and space. How, for example, do built-in assumptions about planning reinforce existing distributions of income? Rather than leading him to liberal, technocratic solutions, Harveyrsquo;s line of inquiry pushes him in the direction of a ldquo;revolutionary geography,rdquo; one that transcends the structural limitations of existing approaches to space. Harveyrsquo;s emphasis on rigorous thought and theoretical innovation gives the volume an enduring appeal. This is a book that raises big questions, and for that reason geographers and other social scientists regularly return to it.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1973
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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.

Andrew Herod is Professor of Geography, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, at the University of Georgia, USA. He has written widely on issues of globalization and labour politics. His books include The Dirty Work of Neoliberalism: Cleaners in the Global Economy (with Luis Aguiar) (Blackwell, 2006), Geographies of Power: Placing Scale (with Melissa Wright) (Blackwell, 2002), Labor Geographies: Workers and the Landscapes of Capitalism (2001), Organizing the Landscape: Geographical Perspectives on Labor Unionism (1998), and An Unruly World? Globalization, Governance and Geography (with Gear#243;id #211; Tuathail, and Susan Roberts) (1998). He is also an elected official, being a member of the government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia.

Melissa W. Wright is Associate Professor of Geography and Women's Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.

Liberal Formulations
Social processes and spatial from: (1) The conceptual problems of urban planning
The geographical versus the sociological imagination
Towards a philosophy of social space
Some methodological problems at the interface
Statistical inference
Strategy at the interface
Social processes and spatial from: (2) The redistribution of real income in an urban system
The distribution of income and the social objectives for a city system
Some features governing the redistribution of income
The speed of change and the rate of adjustment in an urban system
The price of accessibility and the cost of proximity
Externality effects
The redistributive effects of the changing location of jobs and housing
Redistribution and the changing value of property rights
The availability and price of resources
Political processes and the redistribution of real income
Social values and the cultural dynamics of the urban system
Spatial organization and political, social and economic processes
The provision and control of impure public goods in an urban system
Regional and territorial organization in an urban system
A concluding comment
Social justice and spatial systems
"A just distribution"
Territorial distributive justice
Contribution to common good
To achieve a distribution justly
A just distribution justly achieved: territorial social justice
Socialist Formulations
Revolutionary and counter-revolutionary theory in geography and the problem of ghetto formation
A further comment on revolutionary and counter-revolutionary theories
Use value, exchange value and the theory of urban land use
The use value and exchange value of land and improvements
Urban land-use theory
Micro-economic urban land-use theory
Rent and the allocation of urban land to uses
Use value, exchange value, the concept of rent and theories of urban land use-a conclusion
Urbanism and the city-an interpretive essay
Modes of production and modes of economic integration
Modes of production
Modes of economic integration
Redistributive integration
Market exchange
Cities and surplus
The surplus concept and urban origins
Surplus value and the surplus concept
Surplus labour, surplus value and the nature of urbanism
Urbanism and the spatial circulation of surplus value
Modes of economic integration and the space economy of urbanism
Variation within a mode of economic integration
The circulation of the surplus and the balance of influence between the modes of economic integration in the urban space economy
Patterns in the geographic circulation of the surplus
The cities of medieval Europe
The market exchange process and metropolitan urbanism in the contemporary capitalist world
Redistribution and reciprocity as countervailing forces to market exchange in the contemporary metropolis
Conclusions and reflections
On methods and theories
On the nature of urbanism
The right to the city (2008)
Index of authors
Index of subjects
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