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Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography


reviewed by Gregory Martin & Peter McLaren — 2003

coverTitle: Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography
Author(s): David Harvey
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415932408, Pages: 320, Year: 2002
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Although he is not well-known among educators, David Harvey is one of geography’s best-known social theorists and one of the most important voices on the academic left in the United States.  He is an ardent defender of the Marxist theory of class, whose interdisciplinary work on capitalist accumulation and the production of space and uneven geographical development has genuine implications for those fighting for social justice in urban spaces.  A British import, Harvey was a professor of geography at John Hopkins University when he stumbled onto Marxist theory in 1971, after graduate students asked him to help organize a reading group to study Capital.  The rest is history, so to speak, particularly as Harvey has now accepted a position in the anthropology program at the City University of New York.  Thus, it seems fitting that Harvey has put out his latest book, Spaces of Capital, an assortment of essays written over the past thirty years, which constitute a blistering indictment of contemporary capitalism.  After the prologue (which consists of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 134-138
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10962, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 1:51:45 AM

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  • Gregory Martin
    UCLA
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    GREGORY MARTIN is a Doctoral student at the University of California Los Angeles in the Division of Urban Schooling. His current research interests include the role of revolutionary pedagogy in multi-racial/working class political movements, socially critical action research, and Marxist theory. In Australia, he worked with the long-term unemployed in labor market and further education programs.
  • Peter McLaren
    UCLA
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    PETER McLAREN is Professor of Curriculum, Teaching, Leadership & Policy Studies at UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. His current research interests include post-colonial, postmodern, and Marxist theories applied to curriculum development and instruction.
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