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Title:
Metromarxism : a Marxist tale of the city
Author:
Merrifield, Andy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 2002.
Physical Description:
212 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780415933483

9780415933490
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Book

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Summary

"Metromarxism" discusses Marxism's relationship with the city from the 1850s to the present by way of biographical chapters on figures from the Marxist tradition, including Marx, Walter Benjamin, Guy Debord, and David Harvey. Each chapter combines interesting biographical anecdotes with an accessible analysis of each individual's contribution to an always-transforming Marxist theory of the city. He suggests that the interplay between the city as center of economic and social life and its potential for progressive change generated a major corpus of work. That work has been key in advancing progressive political and social transformations.


Author Notes

Andy Merrifieldis Professor of Geography at Clark University. He received his Ph.D. from Oxford and is the coeditor of The Urbanization of Justicein addition to being a contributor to The Nationand Dissent.


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Commodities and Cities, with Sober SensesKarl Marx
2 Back Street Boy in ManchesterFredrick Engels
3 The City of Profane IlluminationWalter Benjamin
4 The Urban RevolutionHenri Lefebvre
5 The City of Marx and Coca-ColaGuy Debord
6 The City of Althusser and Social MovementsManuel Castells
7 The Geopolitics of UrbanizationDavid Harvey
8 A Marxist URban RomanceMarshall Berman