Understanding Henri Lefebvre

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A&C Black, Mar 1, 2004 - Philosophy - 265 pages
Henri Lefebvre has been celebrated as one of the most influential social theorists of the twentieth century. Understanding Henri Lefebvre places Lefebvre in his historical and intellectual context and analyzes the extraordinary range of his work, across politics, philosophy, history, literature and culture.

Particular emphasis is given to Lefebvre's trilogy of inspirational thinkers—Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche; his links to contemporaries such as Heidegger, Axelos and the Situationalists; and his critiques of existentialism and structuralism. Analysis of his writings on cities are balanced with those on rural communities, the production of space connected to ideas of time and history, and everyday life linked to the festival and cultural revolution.

Understanding Henri Lefebvre offers the most wide-ranging and reliable account of this central theorist available.
 

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Contents

Rethinking Marxism
15
CONTENTS
29
Engaging with philosophy
65
The critique of everyday life
110
From the rural to the urban
127
Politics and the state
211
Bibliography of Lefebvres writings
257
Index of Names
263
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Stuart Elden is a Professor of Political Geography at Durham University.

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