Spaces of Global Capitalism

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Verso, 2006 - Political Science - 154 pages
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Fiscal crises have cascaded across much of the developing world with devastating results, from Mexico to Indonesia, Russia and Argentina. The extreme volatility in contemporary political economic fortunes seems to mock our best efforts to understand the forces that drive development in the world economy.

David Harvey is the single most important geographer writing today and a leading social theorist of our age, offering a comprehensive critique of contemporary capitalism. In this fascinating book, he shows the way forward for just such an understanding, enlarging upon the key themes in his recent work: the development of neoliberalism, the spread of inequalities across the globe, and 'space' as a key theoretical concept.

Both a major declaration of a new research programme and a concise introduction to David Harvey's central concerns, this book will be essential reading for scholars and students across the humanities and social sciences.

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Spaces of Global Capitalism: A Theory of Uneven Geographical Development

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Prolific social theorist Harvey explains how a turn towards harshly neo-liberal policies in the 1970s and 80s, specifically in the U.S. (and its involvement in the economies of Chile and Mexico) and ... Read full review

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O argumento do livro Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development (2006) de David Harvey se apoia em quatro condicinalidades com diferentes status epistemologicos, os quais tem em comum ser a expressão de distintos planos no qual se manifesta o processo de acumulação capitalista que resulta no desenvolvimento geográfico desigual.
Dos quatro condicionalidades chamo atenção para a primeira: "The material embedding of capital accumulation processes in the web of socio-ecological life" (HARVEY,2006, P. 75); para sublinhar que para ele "the danger, ..., is that we construe the abstraction and ficitions of capitalism´s logic as the property of some mystical external force - "capital" - outside of the "web of life' and imunde to materialist influences when they should be characize, rather, as a prodt of a perverse and liimiting logic arisin out of the institutional arangments constrctuted at the behest of a disparate group of people called capitalists. Harvey chama atenção que os "Capitalists adapt to new conditions ... new institutional arrangemnts are constantly being constituted in response to the circumstances of material embedding of capital circulation within the web of life. Capitalism has modified its behaviors, for example, through its encounters with environemental limits and constraints" e, arremata, "What Marx called the "elastic"powers of capital of capital in its quest for surplus value have to be incorporated into the theorethical argument". (HARVEY, 2006,81)
Com este insights, David Harvey aponta para duas linhas de investição. Uma vai na direção do aprofundamento da compreensão do processo de acumulação na sua interface com "web socio-ecological life", trajetória cujo esboço foi feito em Space of Hope (2000), edição brasileira Espaço de Esperança (2006) A outra é o reconhecimento da centralidade das instituições no condicionamento da conduta humana, ao chamar atenção que os capitalista se adaptam as novas condições por meio dos novos arranjos institucionais. As quais trataremos no lugar oportuno.


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David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of many books, including Social Justice and the City, The Condition of Postmodernity, The Limits to Capital, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Spaces of Global Capitalism, and A Companion to Marx's Capital. His website is

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