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State, Space, World - Selected Essays (Paperback): Henri Lefebvre State, Space, World - Selected Essays (Paperback)
Henri Lefebvre; Edited by Stuart Elden; Translated by Neil Brenner, Gerald Moore
R765 Discovery Miles 7 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One of the most influential Marxist theorists of the twentieth century, Henri Lefebvre pioneered the study of the modern state in an age of accelerating global economic integration and fragmentation. Shortly after the 1974 publication of his landmark book The Production of Space, Henri Lefebvre embarked on one of the most ambitious projects of his career: a consideration of the history and geographies of the modern state through a monumental study that linked several disciplines, including political science, sociology, geography, and history. State, Space, World collects a series of Lefebvre's key writings on the state from this period. Making available in English for the first time the as-yet-unexplored political aspect of Lefebvre's work, it contains essays on philosophy, political theory, state formation, spatial planning, and globalization, as well as provocative reflections on the possibilities and limits of grassroots democracy under advanced capitalism. State, Space, World is an essential complement to The Production of Space, The Urban Revolution, and The Critique of Everyday Life. Lefebvre's original and prescient analyses that emerge in this volume are urgently relevant to contemporary debates on globalization and neoliberal capitalism.

New State Spaces - Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (Paperback): Neil Brenner New State Spaces - Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (Paperback)
Neil Brenner
R987 Discovery Miles 9 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this synthetic, interdisciplinary work, Neil Brenner develops a new interpretation of the transformation of statehood under contemporary globalizing capitalism. Whereas most analysts of the emergent, post-Westphalian world order have focused on supranational and national institutional realignments, New State Spaces shows that strategic subnational spaces, such as cities and city-regions, represent essential arenas in which states are being transformed. Brenner traces the transformation of urban governance in western Europe during the last four decades and, on this basis, argues that inherited geographies of state power are being fundamentally rescaled. Through a combination of theory construction, historical analysis and cross-national case studies of urban policy change, New State Spaces provides an innovative analysis of the new formations of state power that are currently emerging.

Critique of Urbanization - Selected Essays (Paperback): Neil Brenner Critique of Urbanization - Selected Essays (Paperback)
Neil Brenner
R711 Discovery Miles 7 110 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Urbanization is transforming the planet, within and beyond cities, at all spatial scales. In this book, Neil Brenner mobilizes the tools of critical urban theory to deconstruct some of the dominant urban discourses of our time, which naturalize, and thus depoliticize, the enclosures, exclusions, injustices and irrationalities of neoliberal urbanism. In so doing, Brenner advocates a constant reinvention of the framing categories, methods and assumptions of critical urban theory in relation to the rapidly mutating geographies of capitalist urbanization. Only a theory that is dynamic-which is constantly being transformed in relation to the restlessly evolving social worlds and territorial landscapes it aspires to grasp-can be a genuinely critical theory.

State / Space - A Reader (Hardcover): Neil Brenner, Bob Jessop, Martin Jones, Gordon Macleod State / Space - A Reader (Hardcover)
Neil Brenner, Bob Jessop, Martin Jones, Gordon Macleod
R2,598 R2,460 Discovery Miles 24 600 Save R138 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During the last three decades, inherited geographies of state power have been significantly unsettled. The primacy of forms of government organized along traditional, Westphalian lines has been undermined by the unprecedented rise of supranational and subnational levels of state power and by the proliferation of new forms of governance. This groundbreaking, interdisciplinary volume brings together diverse analyses of these ongoing transformations of state space. The contributions explore state restructuring on multiple spatial scales, and from a wide range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives. They provide innovative analyses of key theoretical and topical issues, including:The nature of state space under modern capitalismThe historical geographies of the Westphalian interstate systemThe transformation of state territoriality under conditions of 'globalization'The changing roles of national states in socioeconomic regulationThe governance of cross-border regions, global cities, and offshore financial centersThe consolidation of new supranational regulatory arrangementsThe geographical rearticulating of struggles over citizenship and democracyAnalyses are supported by case study material covering Western Europe, North America, and East Asia, as well as parts of Africa and South America.The volume will be welcomed by students seeking an overview of this new field of inquiry, and by scholars concerned to decode contemporary patterns of state restructuring.

Cities for People, Not for Profit - Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City (Paperback, New): Neil Brenner, Peter... Cities for People, Not for Profit - Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City (Paperback, New)
Neil Brenner, Peter Marcuse, Margit Mayer
R1,146 Discovery Miles 11 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The worldwide financial crisis has sent shock-waves of accelerated economic restructuring, regulatory reorganization and sociopolitical conflict through cities around the world. It has also given new impetus to the struggles of urban social movements emphasizing the injustice, destructiveness and unsustainability of capitalist forms of urbanization. This book contributes analyses intended to be useful for efforts to roll back contemporary profit-based forms of urbanization, and to promote alternative, radically democratic and sustainable forms of urbanism.

The contributors provide cutting-edge analyses of contemporary urban restructuring, including the issues of neoliberalization, gentrification, colonization, "creative" cities, architecture and political power, sub-prime mortgage foreclosures and the ongoing struggles of "right to the city" movements. At the same time, the book explores the diverse interpretive frameworks critical and otherwise that are currently being used in academic discourse, in political struggles, and in everyday life to decipher contemporary urban transformations and contestations. The slogan, "cities for people, not for profit," sets into stark relief what the contributors view as a central political question involved in efforts, at once theoretical and practical, to address the global urban crises of our time.

Drawing upon European and North American scholarship in sociology, politics, geography, urban planning and urban design, the book provides useful insights and perspectives for citizens, activists and intellectuals interested in exploring alternatives to contemporary forms of capitalist urbanization. "

Cities and Sovereignty - Identity Politics in Urban Spaces (Paperback): Diane E. Davis, Nora Libertun De Duren Cities and Sovereignty - Identity Politics in Urban Spaces (Paperback)
Diane E. Davis, Nora Libertun De Duren; Contributions by Anne Raffin, Salim Tamari, Gerardo del Cerro Santamaria, …
R598 R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Save R63 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Cities have long been associated with diversity and tolerance, but from Jerusalem to Belfast to the Basque Country, many of the most intractable conflicts of the past century have played out in urban spaces. The contributors to this interdisciplinary volume examine the interrelationships of ethnic, racial, religious, or other identity conflicts and larger battles over sovereignty and governance. Under what conditions do identity conflicts undermine the legitimacy and power of nation-states, empires, or urban authorities? Does the urban built environment play a role in remedying or exacerbating such conflicts? Employing comparative analysis, these case studies from the Middle East, Europe, and South and Southeast Asia advance our understanding of the origins and nature of urban conflict.

State, Space, World - Selected Essays (Hardcover): Henri Lefebvre State, Space, World - Selected Essays (Hardcover)
Henri Lefebvre; Edited by Stuart Elden; Translated by Neil Brenner, Gerald Moore
R1,760 Discovery Miles 17 600 Out of stock

One of the most influential Marxist theorists of the twentieth century, Henri Lefebvre pioneered the study of the modern state in an age of accelerating global economic integration and fragmentation. Shortly after the 1974 publication of his landmark book The Production of Space, Henri Lefebvre embarked on one of the most ambitious projects of his career: a consideration of the history and geographies of the modern state through a monumental study that linked several disciplines, including political science, sociology, geography, and history. State, Space, World collects a series of Lefebvre's key writings on the state from this period. Making available in English for the first time the as-yet-unexplored political aspect of Lefebvre's work, it contains essays on philosophy, political theory, state formation, spatial planning, and globalization, as well as provocative reflections on the possibilities and limits of grassroots democracy under advanced capitalism. State, Space, World is an essential complement to The Production of Space, The Urban Revolution, and The Critique of Everyday Life. Lefebvre's original and prescient analyses that emerge in this volume are urgently relevant to contemporary debates on globalization and neoliberal capitalism.

Cities for People, Not for Profit - Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City (Hardcover): Neil Brenner, Peter Marcuse,... Cities for People, Not for Profit - Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City (Hardcover)
Neil Brenner, Peter Marcuse, Margit Mayer
R2,830 R2,464 Discovery Miles 24 640 Save R366 (13%) Out of stock

The worldwide financial crisis has sent shock-waves of accelerated economic restructuring, regulatory reorganization and sociopolitical conflict through cities around the world. It has also given new impetus to the struggles of urban social movements emphasizing the injustice, destructiveness and unsustainability of capitalist forms of urbanization. This book contributes analyses intended to be useful for efforts to roll back contemporary profit-based forms of urbanization, and to promote alternative, radically democratic and sustainable forms of urbanism. The contributors provide cutting-edge analyses of contemporary urban restructuring, including the issues of neoliberalization, gentrification, colonization, "creative" cities, architecture and political power, sub-prime mortgage foreclosures and the ongoing struggles of "right to the city" movements. At the same time, the book explores the diverse interpretive frameworks critical and otherwise that are currently being used in academic discourse, in political struggles, and in everyday life to decipher contemporary urban transformations and contestations. The slogan, "cities for people, not for profit," sets into stark relief what the contributors view as a central political question involved in efforts, at once theoretical and practical, to address the global urban crises of our time.

Drawing upon European and North American scholarship in sociology, politics, geography, urban planning and urban design, the book provides useful insights and perspectives for citizens, activists and intellectuals interested in exploring alternatives to contemporary forms of capitalist urbanization.

New State Spaces - Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (Hardcover): Neil Brenner New State Spaces - Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (Hardcover)
Neil Brenner
R1,766 Discovery Miles 17 660 Out of stock

In this synthetic, interdisciplinary work, Neil Brenner develops a new interpretation of the transformation of statehood under contemporary globalizing capitalism. Whereas most analysts of the emergent, post-Westphalian world order have focused on supranational and national institutional realignments, 'New State Spaces' shows that strategic subnational spaces, such as cities and city-regions, represent essential arenas in which states are being transformed. Brenner traces the transformation of urban governance in western Europe during the last four decades and, on this basis, argues that inherited geographies of state power are being fundamentally rescaled. Through a combination of theory construction, historical analysis and cross-national case studies of urban policy change, 'New State Spaces' provides an innovative analysis of the new formations of state power that are currently emerging. This is a mature and sophisticated analysis by a major young scholar

New Urban Spaces - Urban Theory and the Scale Question (Hardcover): Neil Brenner New Urban Spaces - Urban Theory and the Scale Question (Hardcover)
Neil Brenner
R2,197 Discovery Miles 21 970 Out of stock

The urban condition is today being radically transformed. Urban restructuring is accelerating, new urban spaces are being consolidated, and new forms of urbanization are crystallizing. In New Urban Spaces, Neil Brenner argues that understanding these mutations of urban life requires not only concrete research, but new theories of urbanization. To this end, Brenner proposes an approach that breaks with inherited conceptions of the urban as a bounded settlement unit-the city or the metropolis-and explores the multiscalar constitution and periodic rescaling of the capitalist urban fabric. Drawing on critical geopolitical economy and spatialized approaches to state theory, Brenner offers a paradigmatic account of how rescaling processes are transforming inherited formations of urban space and their variegated consequences for emergent patterns and pathways of urbanization. The book also advances an understanding of critical urban theory as radically revisable: key urban concepts must be continually reinvented in relation to the relentlessly mutating worlds of urbanization they aspire to illuminate.

State / Space - A Reader (Paperback): Neil Brenner, Bob Jessop, Martin Jones, Gordon Macleod State / Space - A Reader (Paperback)
Neil Brenner, Bob Jessop, Martin Jones, Gordon Macleod
R866 Discovery Miles 8 660 Out of stock

This groundbreaking, interdisciplinary volume brings together diverse analyses of state space in historical and contemporary capitalism.
The first volume to present an accessible yet challenging overview of the changing geographies of state power under capitalism.
A unique, interdisciplinary collection of contributions by major theorists and analysts of state spatial restructuring in the current era.
Investigates some of the new political spaces that are emerging under contemporary conditions of 'globalization'.
Explores state restructuring on multiple spatial scales, and from a range of theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives.
Covers a range of topical issues in contemporary geographical political economy.
Contains case study material on Western Europe, North America and East Asia, as well as parts of Africa and South America.

Spaces of Neoliberalism - Urban Restructuring in North America and Western Europe (Paperback): Neil Brenner, Nik Theodore Spaces of Neoliberalism - Urban Restructuring in North America and Western Europe (Paperback)
Neil Brenner, Nik Theodore
R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Out of stock

This is the first volume to analyse systematically the role of neoliberalism in contemporary processes of urban restructuring. Drawing upon cutting-edge theoretical work within radical geography, critical urban studies, neo-marxian state theory and critical social theory, contributions by leading scholars map the spaces of neoliberalism that have been forged and contested within contemporary North American and Western European cities.

The volume synthesizes a variety of new theoretical approaches to the critical analysis of contemporary urban transformations while also providing new case study material on the restructuring of urban policy, urban space and urban socio-political struggles in major North American and Western European cities.

Is the World Urban? - Towards a Critique of Geospatial Ideology (Hardcover, English ed.): Neil Brenner, Nikos Katsikis Is the World Urban? - Towards a Critique of Geospatial Ideology (Hardcover, English ed.)
Neil Brenner, Nikos Katsikis
R827 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R177 (21%) Out of stock
New Urban Spaces - Urban Theory and the Scale Question (Paperback): Neil Brenner New Urban Spaces - Urban Theory and the Scale Question (Paperback)
Neil Brenner
R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Out of stock

The urban condition is today being radically transformed. Urban restructuring is accelerating, new urban spaces are being consolidated, and new forms of urbanization are crystallizing. In New Urban Spaces, Neil Brenner argues that understanding these mutations of urban life requires not only concrete research, but new theories of urbanization. To this end, Brenner proposes an approach that breaks with inherited conceptions of the urban as a bounded settlement unit-the city or the metropolis-and explores the multiscalar constitution and periodic rescaling of the capitalist urban fabric. Drawing on critical geopolitical economy and spatialized approaches to state theory, Brenner offers a paradigmatic account of how rescaling processes are transforming inherited formations of urban space and their variegated consequences for emergent patterns and pathways of urbanization. The book also advances an understanding of critical urban theory as radically revisable: key urban concepts must be continually reinvented in relation to the relentlessly mutating worlds of urbanization they aspire to illuminate.

Implosions / Explosions - Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Paperback): Neil Brenner Implosions / Explosions - Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Paperback)
Neil Brenner
R1,212 R982 Discovery Miles 9 820 Save R230 (19%) Out of stock

A rethinking of the Henri Lefebvre's hypothesis that society has been completely urbanised. "I'll begin with the following hypothesis: society has been completely urbanized." - Henri Lefebvre, La revolution urbaine (1970) In 1970, Henri Lefebvre put forward the radical hypothesis of the complete urbanisation of society, a circumstance that in his view required a radical shift from the analysis of urban form to the investigation of the urbanisation processes. Drawing together classic and contemporary texts on the 'urbanisation question', this book explores various theoretical, epistemological, methodological and political implications of Lefebvre's hypothesis. It assembles a series of analytical and cartographic interventions that supersede inherited spatial ontologies (urban/rural, town/country, city/non-city, society/nature) in order to investigate the uneven implosions and explosions of capitalist urbanisation across places, regions, territories, continents and oceans up to the planetary scale. Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). His writing and teaching focus on the theoretical, conceptual, methodological and cartographic dimensions of urban questions. His work builds upon, and seeks to extend, the fields of critical urban and regional studies, comparative geopolitical economy and radical sociospatial theory. Major research foci include processes of urban and regional restructuring and uneven spatial development; the generalisation of capitalist urbanisation; the problem of spatial visualisation in urban studies; and processes of state spatial restructuring, with particular reference to the remaking of urban governance configurations under neoliberalising capitalism. In 2014, Brenner was selected as a Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (www.highlycited.com). Based on Web of Science data, his publications were ranked among the top 1% most cited globally in the general social sciences between 2002 and 2012. http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/neil-brenner/

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