A leading theorist in the field of urban studies whom Library Journal called “one of the most influential geographers of the later twentieth century,” David Harvey earned his Ph.D. from Cambridge University and was formerly professor of geography at Johns Hopkins, a Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics, and Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford. His reflections on the importance of space and place (and more recently “nature”) have attracted considerable attention across the humanities and social sciences.
Harvey is a prolific writer. His highly influential books include Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution (2012); A Companion to Marx’s Capital (2013); Social Justice and the City (2009); A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005); The New Imperialism (2005); Paris, Capital of Modernity (2005); Limits to Capital (rev. ed, 2007); Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography (2001); Spaces of Hope (2000); Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference (1997); The Condition of Postmodernity (1991); and The Urbanization of Capital (1985). His numerous awards include the Outstanding Contributor Award of the Association of American Geographers and the 2002 Centenary Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his “outstanding contribution to the field of geographical enquiry and to anthropology.” He holds honorary degrees from three British universities— Bristol, Goldsmith College (London), and Kent—as well as the universities of Buenos Aires, Roskilde (Denmark), and Uppsala (Sweden), and Ohio State University. Also see his website: www.davidharvey.org.
Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism
Picking up where The Enigma of Capital left off, Harvey examines the internal contradictions within the flow of capital that have precipitated recent crises. He contends that while the contradictions have made capitalism flexible and resilient, they also contain the seeds of systemic catastrophe. Many of the contradictions are manageable, but some are fatal: the stress on endless compound growth, the necessity to exploit nature to its limits, and tendency toward universal alienation. Capitalism has always managed to extend the outer limits through spatial fixes," expanding the geography of the system to cover nations and people formerly outside of its range. Whether it can continue to expand is an open question, but Harvey thinks it unlikely in the medium term future: the limits cannot extend much further, and the recent financial crisis is a harbinger of this.
Published June 2014
Oxford University Press, 2014
A Companion to Marx's Capital
The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no sign of coming to a close, and Marx's work remains key in understanding the cycles that lead to recession. For nearly forty years, Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world's most foremost Marx scholars. Based on his recent lectures, and following his companion to the first volume of Capital, he turns his attention to Volume 2, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and hitherto neglected text. Whereas Volume 1 focuses on production, Volume 2 looks at how the circuits of capital, the buying and selling of goods, realize value.
Published September 2013
Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution
Cities have long been the site of revolutionary politics: they are the centers of capital accumulation and the frontline for struggles over who controls access to urban resources and who dictates the quality and organization of daily life. Is it the financiers and developers, or the people? Rebel Cities places the city at the heart of both capital and class struggles, looking at locations ranging from Johannesburg to Mumbai and from New York City to São Paulo. Drawing on the Paris Commune as well as Occupy Wall Street and the London Riots, Harvey asks how cities might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically sane ways-and how they can become the focus for anticapitalist resistance.
Published April 2012
The Enigma of Capital: And the Crises of Capitalism
Putting the 2008 financial disaster in the broadest possible context, Harvey gives an account that focuses not on subprime loans or mortgage securitization, but on something deeper: the flow of money through society. He shows how falling profit margins in the 1970s generated a deep transformation in which capital flowed across borders and production moved to cheaper labor markets. But as American workers' income decreased, how could they afford to buy the products which fueled the now-global economy? To solve this problem, a new kind of finance capitalism arose, pouring rivers of credit to increasingly strapped consumers-and when the real estate market collapsed, so did this edifice that dominated our economy. The book, winner of the 2010 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Book Prize, offers a richly informed discussion of how we can turn our economy in a new direction-fairer, healthier, and truly sustainable.
Published September 2010
Oxford University Press, 2010
Paris, Capital of Modernity
This major work by David Harvey locates the emergence of modernity, as it is commonly understood, in a particular place and time-Paris, between the failed revolutions of 1848 and 1871. During these days of the Second Empire," Baron Hausmann orchestrated the physical overhaul of Paris, creating the grand boulevards that dominate the city today. Just as importantly, the era saw the rise of a new form of capitalism, dominated by high finance and the beginnings of modern consumer culture. Harvey provides a sweeping panoramic account of this pivotal era-generously illustrated with political cartoons, photographs, and maps-that will stand as a definitive history of the emergence of a modern city. "David Harvey is perhaps the most important urban scholar writing in the English language, and here he is at his best.-Thomas Bender, author of The Unfinished City.
Published November 2005
The New Imperialism
David Harvey one of the most influential geographers of our time, recently published The New Imperialism-a bold, debate-shaping response to the current direction of U.S. foreign policy. (The book is a result of Harvey's Clarendon Lectures, delivered at the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University in February, 2003, while war against Iraq was imminent.) In The New Imperialism, Harvey builds a conceptual framework to expose the underlying forces at work behind recent momentous shifts in policy and politics. Analyzing the thrust of U.S. involvement in the Middle East, Harvey asks the big questionsâ€”What is really at stake in the war against Iraq? Is it really all about oil? And what is the relation between U.S. militarism abroad and domestic policies?-and provides answers in a complex yet clearly argued narrative
Published October 2003
Oxford University Press, 2003