Social Justice and the City

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr

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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 Harveyrs"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, Harveyrs"s line of inquiry pushes him in the direction of a "revolutionary geography," one that transcends the structural limitations of existing approaches to space. Harveyrs"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.

Author Biography

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His many books include A Brief History of Neoliberalism and Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Liberal Formulations
Social processes and spatial from: (1) The conceptual problems of urban planningp. 22
The geographical versus the sociological imaginationp. 23
Towards a philosophy of social spacep. 27
Some methodological problems at the interfacep. 37
Individuationp. 38
Confoundingp. 40
Statistical inferencep. 41
Strategy at the interfacep. 44
Social processes and spatial from: (2) The redistribution of real income in an urban systemp. 50
The distribution of income and the social objectives for a city systemp. 52
Some features governing the redistribution of incomep. 55
The speed of change and the rate of adjustment in an urban systemp. 55
The price of accessibility and the cost of proximityp. 56
Externality effectsp. 57
The redistributive effects of the changing location of jobs and housingp. 60
Redistribution and the changing value of property rightsp. 64
The availability and price of resourcesp. 68
Political processes and the redistribution of real incomep. 73
Social values and the cultural dynamics of the urban systemp. 79
Spatial organization and political, social and economic processesp. 86
The provision and control of impure public goods in an urban systemp. 87
Regional and territorial organization in an urban systemp. 91
A concluding commentp. 94
Social justice and spatial systemsp. 96
"A just distribution"p. 99
Territorial distributive justicep. 101
Needp. 101
Contribution to common goodp. 105
Meritp. 106
To achieve a distribution justlyp. 108
A just distribution justly achieved: territorial social justicep. 116
Socialist Formulations
Revolutionary and counter-revolutionary theory in geography and the problem of ghetto formationp. 120
A further comment on revolutionary and counter-revolutionary theoriesp. 147
Use value, exchange value and the theory of urban land usep. 153
The use value and exchange value of land and improvementsp. 157
Urban land-use theoryp. 160
Micro-economic urban land-use theoryp. 162
Rent and the allocation of urban land to usesp. 176
Use value, exchange value, the concept of rent and theories of urban land use-a conclusionp. 190
Urbanism and the city-an interpretive essayp. 195
Modes of production and modes of economic integrationp. 196
Modes of productionp. 197
Modes of economic integrationp. 206
Reciprocityp. 207
Redistributive integrationp. 209
Market exchangep. 210
Cities and surplusp. 216
The surplus concept and urban originsp. 216
Surplus value and the surplus conceptp. 224
Surplus labour, surplus value and the nature of urbanismp. 229
Urbanism and the spatial circulation of surplus valuep. 237
Conclusionsp. 238
Modes of economic integration and the space economy of urbanismp. 240
Variation within a mode of economic integrationp. 241
The circulation of the surplus and the balance of influence between the modes of economic integration in the urban space economyp. 245
Patterns in the geographic circulation of the surplusp. 246
The cities of medieval Europep. 250
The market exchange process and metropolitan urbanism in the contemporary capitalist worldp. 261
Redistribution and reciprocity as countervailing forces to market exchange in the contemporary metropolisp. 274
Conclusions and reflectionsp. 286
On methods and theoriesp. 286
Ontologyp. 288
Epistemologyp. 296
On the nature of urbanismp. 302
The right to the city (2008)p. 315
Bibliographyp. 333
Index of authorsp. 345
Index of subjectsp. 348
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