Marxism and Urban Culture

Marxism and Urban Culture

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Marxism and Urban Culture is the first volume to reconcile social science and humanities perspectives on culture. Covering a range of global cities-Bologna, Buenos Aires, Guatemala City, Liverpool, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mahalla al-Kubra, Mexico City, Montreal, Osaka, Strasbourg, Vienna-the contributions fuse political and theoretical concerns with analyses of urban cultural practices and historical movements, as well as urban-themed literary and filmic art. Conceived as a response to the persistent rift between disciplinary Marxist approaches to culture, this book prioritizes the urban problematic and builds implicitly and explicitly on work by numerous thinkers: not only Karl Marx but also David Harvey, Henri Lefebvre, Friedrich Engels and Antonio Gramsci, among others. Rather than reanimate reductive views either of Marx or of urban theory, the chapters in Marxism and Urban Culture speak broadly to the interdisciplinary connections that are increasingly the concern of cultural scholars working across and beyond the boundaries of geography, sociology, history, political science, language and literature fields, film studies, and more. A foreword written by Andy Merrifield (the author of Metromarxism) and an introduction by Benjamin Fraser (the author of Henri Lefebvre and the Spanish Urban Experience) situate the book's chapters firmly in interdisciplinary more

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  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 149 x 232 x 21mm | 431g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739194488
  • 9780739194485

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This is a bold, thoughtful, and transformative book on 'the urban' as a point of encounter that enables an interdisciplinary understanding and transcending of alienation in urban culture from a Marxist point of view. It is required reading for anyone seeking to challenge the 'dematerialising' condition of urban culture in and beyond the academy. -- Adam David Morton, Professor, University of Sydney, author of Revolution and State in Modern Mexico: The Political Economy of Uneven Development A wide-ranging and compelling set of essays, which demonstrate the continuing importance of spatial theory in the political interpretation of books and films. This rich and evocative collection unearths both the spectacular and mundane political life of cities as diverse as Vienna, Osaka, and Liverpool, and follows a multitude of characters as they navigate the radical possibilities of their times. As serious as it shows the study of space and power to be, this is also an enjoyable travelogue through the political geographies of the capitalist city. -- Donald McNeill, professor of urban and cultural geography, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydneyshow more

About Benjamin Fraser

Benjamin Fraser is associate professor of Spanish film and cultural studies at the College of more

Table of contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgments Foreword: Urbanism as World Culture and Here Comes Everybody by Andy Merrifield Introduction: What Is Urban Culture? by Benjamin Fraser Part I. MOBILIZING THE FILMIC CITY Chapter 1. The Archive City: Film as Critical Spatial Practice Les Roberts Chapter 2. Capital, Mobility and Spatial Exclusion in Fernando Leon de Aranoa's Barrio (1998) Malcolm Alan Compitello Part II. THE HUMAN SENSES IN URBAN CONTEXTS Chapter 3. Henri Lefebvre in Strasbourg: The City as Use Value in Jose Luis Guerin's Dans la ville de Sylvie (2007) Benjamin Fraser Chapter 4. Sensing Capital: Sight, Sound and Touch in Esteban Sapir's La antena (2007) Benjamin Fraser Part III. CULTURES OF URBAN PROTEST Chapter 5. Psychoprotest: Derives of the Quebec Maple Spring Marc James Leger and Cayley Sorochan Chapter 6. The Huelga de Dolores and Guatemalan University Students' 'Happy and Wicked' Reproduction of Space, 1966-1969 Heather A. Vrana Part IV. THE HOUSING QUESTION Chapter 7. Residential Differentiation in the Vertical Cities of J. G. Ballard and Robert Silverberg Jeff Hicks Chapter 8. Red Vienna, Class and the Common Kimberly DeFazio Part V. (INTER)NATIONALIZING THE URBAN Chapter 9. Urban Culture as Passive Revolution: A Gramscian Sketch of the Uneven and Combined Transitional Development of Rural and Urban Modern Culture in Europe and Egypt Jelle Versieren and Brecht De Smet Chapter 10. The Urban Working-Class Culture of Riot in Osaka and L.A.: Toward a Comparative History Manuel Yang, Takeshi Haraguchi, and Kazuya Sakurada Index Notes on Contributorsshow more

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