David Harvey: marxism, capitalism and the geographical imagination



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Castree, N. (2007). David Harvey: marxism, capitalism and the geographical imagination. New Political Economy, 12 (1), 97-115.


David Harvey is arguably the greatest living Marxist geographer. The architectural sweep and grandeur of his intellectual edifice knows few equivalents within post- 1968 Marxism, and certainly none within his home discipline of geography. Since the publication of the path-breaking Social Justice and the City in 1973,1 he has constructed a corpus of work whose consistency, topical range and encompassing vision is almost unique within the world of Marxian analysis. His oeuvre (discounting several pre-Marxist writings) comprises ten single authored books, two edited works and over a hundred essays and chapters. Several of his books have been multiply translated, extending Harvey's intellectual reach beyond the Anglophone world to other shores.2 That many of these contributions have been agendasetting is a testament to his originality as a thinker. Most of us would be pleased to author one or two germinal texts in a lifetime. Yet in his eighth decade David Harvey continues to publish major works that command a wide readership (at least within academia). Among the most recent are The New Imperialism, A Brief History of Neoliberalism and Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom.3 If Harvey were to stop publishing tomorrow, these books would crown a canon of commanding weight. However, because he shows no sign of slowing down, they are likely to be succeeded by further works of substance in the years to come. A full accounting of Harvey's contribution cannot, therefore, currently be undertaken: the contribution is, quite simply, still in the making.

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