Download e-book for kindle: David Harvey: A Critical Reader (Antipode Book Series, by Derek Gregory; Noel Castree (editors)

By Derek Gregory; Noel Castree (editors)

ISBN-10: 0631235094

ISBN-13: 9780631235095

ISBN-10: 0631235108

ISBN-13: 9780631235101

This booklet severely interrogates the paintings of David Harvey, one of many world's such a lot influential geographers, and one in all its most sensible recognized Marxists.Considers the full diversity of Harvey's oeuvre, from the character of urbanism to environmental issues.Written via individuals from around the human sciences, working with various serious theories.Focuses on key subject matters in Harvey's work.Contains a consolidated bibliography of Harvey's writings.

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In short, our paradigm is not coping well. On the other hand, and implied by the last sentence, the essay points to a different approach, a new paradigm. But this is a more radical conception of paradigm than envisioned by Kuhn (1962), who thought that basic terms like theory, or law, or verification, would retain their meaning, as well as forms of scientific reasoning such as deductive logic. Harvey’s idea, however, is more an alteration in what Ian Hacking (2002) calls a ‘style of reasoning’.

Baltimore ‘had gone up in flames’ the year before Harvey (2002: 169) arrived. Civil rights issues were paramount, and made literally concrete to Harvey when he slept on the pavement outside the Black Panthers’ Baltimore headquarters to protect that organization from potential violence following the police killing of its leader, Fred Hampton, in December 1969 (Harvey 2002b: 170). The Vietnam War was reaching new crescendos of violence (President Nixon’s secret campaign to bomb Cambodia began in 1969), sparking widespread university campus protest resulting in the killing of four students at Kent State University in May 1970.

Follow them, Harvey says, and success is guaranteed. No wonder he wanted his slogan pinned to the wall. Like all believers, he was intent on spreading the word. But there were other reasons as well, and ones which go to the sociology of knowledge. Central is the wider context in which Harvey carried out his work. It is unclear how aware Harvey was at the time of its role. After all, his epistemological position, as he says in Explanation, ‘ignores explanation as an activity, as a process’ (original emphases, Harvey 1969a: 9).

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