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Urbanization and Urban Planning in Capitalist Society

1st Edition

Edited by Michael Dear, Allen J. Scott


640 pages

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Originally published in 1981, Urbanization and Urban Planning in Capitalist Society, is a comprehensive collection of papers addressing urban crises. Through a synthesis of current discussions around various critical approaches to the urban question, the book defines a general theory of urbanization and urban planning in capitalist society. It examines the conceptual preliminaries necessary for the establishment of capitalist theory and provides a theoretical exposition of the fundamental logic of urbanization and urban planning. It also provides a detailed discussion of commodity production and its effects on urban development.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Urban Question

1. Towards a Framework for Analysis, Michael Dear and Allen J. Scott

Part II: Prolegomena to a Theory of Urbanization and Planning

2. Capitalism, Accumulation and the Explanation of Urban Phenomena, Matthew Edel

3. The State in Capitalism and the Capitalist State, Gordon Clark and Michael Dear

4. Some Reflexions on Epistemology, Design and Planning Theory, Marc Los

Part III: Urbanization and Planning in Capitalist Society

5. The Urban Process Under Capitalism: A Framework for Analysis, David Harvey

6. The Urban Land Question, Shoukry T. Roweis and Allen J. Scott

7. Urban Planning in Early and Late Capitalistic Societies: Outline of a Theoretical Perspectives, Shoukry T. Roweis

8. Notes on Comparative Urban Research, Michael Harloe

Part IV: Commodity Production and Urban Development

9. The UK Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industries: The Implications of the Crisis for the Restructuring of Capital and Locational Change, Doreen Massey

10. Policies as Chameleons: An Interpretation of Regional Policy and Office Policy in Britain, C.G. Pickvance

11. The Property Sector in the Late Capitalism: The Case of Britain, Martin Boddy

12. The New International Division of Labour, Multinational Corporations and Urban Hierarchy, R.B. Cohen

Part V: Reproduction and the Dynamics of Urban Life

13. Community and Accumulation, John Mollenkopf

14. Accumulation Versus Reproduction in the Inner City: The Recurrent Crisis of London Revisited, Damaris Rose

15. A Theory of Suburbanization: Capitalism and the Construction of Urban Space in the United States, Richard A. Walker

16. Capitalism and Conflict Around the Communal Living Space, Kevin R. Cox

17. Homeownership and the Capitalist Social Order, J.A. Agnew

18. Social and Spatial Reproduction of the Mentality Ill, Michael Dear

Part VI: Urbanization and the Political Sphere

19. The Analysis of State Intervention in the Nineteenth-Century Cities: The Case of Municipal Labour Policy in East London 1886-1914, N.H. Buck

20. Amnesia, Integration and Repression: The Roots of Canadian Urban Political Culture, Harold Chorney

22. The Apparatus of the State, the Reproduction of Capital and Urban Conflicts, Joachim Hirsch

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban Planning

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1970 and 1998, draw together research by leading academics in the area of urban planning, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine teaching, urban markets, planning, transport planning, poverty, politics, forecasting techniques and an examination of the inner city in Europe and the US, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of planning. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, geography, planning and urbanization respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography