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Uneven Development: Nature, Capital and the Production of Space [Paperback]

Neil Smith

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December 1984 0631136851 978-0631136859
Urban, regional and international development are usually seen as three very different sets of processes, but from a geographical perspective they show a similar pattern. On an urban scale, inner cities contrast with developed suburbs. At the regional level, some areas are underdeveloped when complared with other in the national economy, and the development of nations' economies in the world varies enormously. Why is this, and what is the political significance in contemporary capitalism? Integrating the political tradition of Marxist theory with the academic tradition of geographical enquiry, Neil Smith claims to demonstrate the systematic spatial patterns that are the hallmark of the geography of capitalism. He examines why the production of geographical space in certain configurations is crucial for the survival of capitalism and considers in depth the linked concepts of nature and space. The book brings together material and ideas from different disciplines to illuminate a vision of the spatial dimension of capitalism.
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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Blackwell Pub (December 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631136851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631136859
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g

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Smith provides a brilliant formulation of how the production of a particular kind of nature and space under historical capitalism is essential to the unequal development of a landscape that integrates poverty with wealth.A" Edward Said --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Neil Smith is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the City University of New York and serves as Director for the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sept. 1 2012
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I am not extremely well versed in Geography, this book is an excellent work about space and creation of uneven development in capitalism. The first two chapters are especially interesting, and deal with the general understanding of space on a philosophical level. The comparison between earlier views, such as relative space, against Newton's absolute space. As far as I understand it relative space saw space as a relation between specific matter or objects. Absolute space is the way we see space now in common parlance, signifying space as a large capsule where things are contained within. After reading this book, I seemed to have come to the conclusion that capitalism has aspects of both philosophies in practice.
Neil Smith also distinguishes between various theories of nature, how society has come to see nature as external to man. He ties this in later with Marx's theories on spatial relations and 'production of nature'. Good companion to David Harvey's Urban Experience or Condition of Postmodernism, who incorporates Marx's theories in application to space.
Slightly difficult, and abstract, but well worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great development June 19 2000
By Georgina Calderón Aragón - Published on Amazon.com
I think that it is a great book, for all those geographers or of other diciplines interested in the space aspects, the ones that are in this book in a very good fundamental argument about the development of the term space production and the factors that influence in the unequal production in a capitalist system

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