Faculty Book: David Harvey
Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution
Cities have long been the site of revolutionary politics: they are the centers of capital accumulation and the frontline for struggles over who controls access to urban resources and who dictates the quality and organization of daily life. Is it the financiers and developers, or the people? Rebel Cities places the city at the heart of both capital and class struggles, looking at locations ranging from Johannesburg to Mumbai and from New York City to São Paulo. Drawing on the Paris Commune as well as Occupy Wall Street and the London Riots, Harvey asks how cities might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically sane ways—and how they can become the focus for anticapitalist resistance. David Harvey is a distinguished professor of anthropology, earth and environmental sciences, and history at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: MAY 15, 2012