Uneven Development: Nature, Capital, and the Production of Space

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University of Georgia Press, Jan 25, 2010 - Business & Economics - 344 pages
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In Uneven Development, a classic in its field, Neil Smith offers the first full theory of uneven geographical development, entwining theories of space and nature with a critique of capitalist development. Featuring pathbreaking analyses of the production of nature and the politics of scale, Smith's work anticipated many of the uneven contours that now mark neoliberal globalization. This third edition features an afterword updating the analysis for the present day.

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I read the original when it came out and sensed, as it turned out correctly, that Neil Smith's procrustean fitting of tragic colonial experiences into a Marxian mold was out of step with reality. Life is too busy to re-read this well reasoned but ultimately off kilter analysis. I did however peruse the glowing introduction by fellow traveller David Harvey including such pearls as offhandedly and with no explanation denigrating carbon trading and microenterprise. These, apparently, merely "ameliorate" whereas, one is to suppose, rigourous "Marxian theorizing" really liberates the oppressed. What dated guff!  

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Smith's classic and underread (at least by literature scholars) history and analysis of the spaces and geographies of capitalism. A necessary precursor to his later history of Isaiah Bowman and work on the geographies of Empire and neoliberal globalization. Read full review


The Ideology of Nature
The Production of Nature
The Production of Space
Toward a Theory of Uneven Development I The Dialectic of Geographical Differentiation and Equalization
Toward a Theory of Uneven Development II Spatial Scale and the Seesaw of Capital
Conclusion The Restructuring of Capital?
Afterword to the Second Edition
Afterword to the Third Edition

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Neil Smith is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the City University of New York and serves as director for the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. He is author or editor of nine books that explore the broad intersection between space, nature, social theory, and history and is co-organizer of the International Critical Geography Group.

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