Scandia introducerar: David Harvey och det förflutnas geografi

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Scandia introducerar: David Harvey och det förflutnas geografi. / Pries, Johan.

I: Scandia, Vol. 79, Nr. 2, 2013, s. 137-144.

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T1 - Scandia introducerar: David Harvey och det förflutnas geografi

AU - Pries, Johan

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - This article takes the work of David Harvey as an example of the valuable research being done in the space between geography and history. Harvey's influence is described as being significant in the canonical debates within geography that have had a far-reaching impact outside that particular field. His production is summarized from three different perspectives. First, his contribution to the theoretical debates in the 1970s and 1980s on the spatialization of Marxist thought, initially proposed by Henri Lefebvre, is discussed. Through the discussion of capital as a system that defers social instability through spatial production, Harvey has provided a range of concepts that have proved useful in both qualitative and quantitative research. As an empiricist, Harvey's findings illustrate the benefits of an approach informed by the theoretical perspectives that he and other spatially interested social theorists have developed. For instance, his work has opened up new avenues of inquiry through his study of cities and urban space in some of its modern and postmodern variations. Finally, Harvey's role as a public intellectual is analysed. While his position as a prominent and much quoted academic has undoubtedly ensured that the ideas he is associated with have circulated among social movements, it appears that it is his more open essays on the right to the city and the financial crisis, and not his more complex work, that has caught the public's imagination. This observation underscores the important role academics can play in the discussion of social questions, but also the limitations of repackaging complex issues in politically useful terms, and the vigilance needed by those who attempt to navigate these two modes of important knowledge.

AB - This article takes the work of David Harvey as an example of the valuable research being done in the space between geography and history. Harvey's influence is described as being significant in the canonical debates within geography that have had a far-reaching impact outside that particular field. His production is summarized from three different perspectives. First, his contribution to the theoretical debates in the 1970s and 1980s on the spatialization of Marxist thought, initially proposed by Henri Lefebvre, is discussed. Through the discussion of capital as a system that defers social instability through spatial production, Harvey has provided a range of concepts that have proved useful in both qualitative and quantitative research. As an empiricist, Harvey's findings illustrate the benefits of an approach informed by the theoretical perspectives that he and other spatially interested social theorists have developed. For instance, his work has opened up new avenues of inquiry through his study of cities and urban space in some of its modern and postmodern variations. Finally, Harvey's role as a public intellectual is analysed. While his position as a prominent and much quoted academic has undoubtedly ensured that the ideas he is associated with have circulated among social movements, it appears that it is his more open essays on the right to the city and the financial crisis, and not his more complex work, that has caught the public's imagination. This observation underscores the important role academics can play in the discussion of social questions, but also the limitations of repackaging complex issues in politically useful terms, and the vigilance needed by those who attempt to navigate these two modes of important knowledge.

KW - David Harvey

KW - historical geography

KW - urban development

KW - production of

KW - space

KW - Henri Lefebvre

M3 - Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

VL - 79

SP - 137

EP - 144

JO - Scandia

JF - Scandia

SN - 0036-5483

IS - 2

ER -