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Uneven Development

Nature, Capital, and the Production of Space

Neil Smith

Publication Year: 2008

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.

Published by: University of Georgia Press


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-x

"The Republication of Neil Smith's Uneven Development is cause for celebration on two counts. First, the book pioneered a wholly new approach to uneven geographical development at a historical moment when the collision of Marxian theorizing and geographical thinking..."

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Preface to the Second Edition

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pp. xi-xiv

"Early in the twentieth century, students at Al Azhar University in Egypt went on strike. It was hardly a progressive movement; they were rebelling against the science of geography, which they rejected as much too innovative and a clear threat to established tradition."

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Preface to the First Edition

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pp. xv-xx

"This book represents the meeting ground of two types of intellectual investigation. The first is a theoretical and philosophical exploration and critique of concepts as a means to interrogate more sharply the reality we live in. Thus the first two chapters are concerned with renovating..."

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pp. 1-9

"This book is about the geography of politics and the politics of geography. It therefore attempts to integrate two intellectual traditions which until very recently have enjoyed little serious cross-fertilization. If the work is theoretical in substance and exposition, it is quite immediate..."

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ONE: The Ideology of Nature

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pp. 10-48

"More than any other identifiable experience, the emergence of industrial capitalism is responsible for setting contemporary views and visions of nature. For apologist and detractor alike, the global transformation of nature wrought by industrial capitalism dominates..."

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TWO: The Production of Nature

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pp. 49-91

"Scientific truth,' Marx wrote in a famous statement, 'is always paradox, if judged by everyday experience, which catches only the delusive appearance of things.'1 The idea of the production of nature is indeed paradoxical, to the point of sounding absurd, if judged by..."

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THREE: The Production of Space

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pp. 92-131

"Unless space is conceptualized as a quite separate reality from nature, the production of space is a logical corollary of the production of nature. Several assumptions would be required concerning the meaning of space and the relationship between space and nature, but..."

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FOUR: Toward a Theory of Uneven Development I: The Dialectic of Geographical Differentiation and Equalization

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pp. 132-164

"In little more than a decade, the uneven development of capitalism has become a popular even fashionable topic for research. The reason for this undoubtedly has to do with the general resurgence of interest in marxism following the social uprisings of the 1960s, and the..."

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FIVE: Toward a Theory of Uneven Development II: Spatial Scale and the Seesaw of Capital

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pp. 175-205

"If the dialectic of geographical differentiation and equalization is ultimately responsible for the pattern of uneven development, it does not on its own completely specify the process. Two questions arise: first, why does this dialectic not simply result in a static disparity..."

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SIX: Conclusion: The Restructuring of Capital?

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pp. 206-212

"Uneven development is both the product and the geographical premise of capitalist development. As product, the pattern is highly visible in landscapes of capitalism as the difference between developed and underdeveloped spaces at different scales: the developed and the underdeveloped..."

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Afterword to the Second Edition

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pp. 213-238

"In his history of the 'discovery' of geological time, Stephen Jay Gould refers to James Hutton's famous conclusion-'no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end'-as the most significant single announcement..."

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Afterword to the Third Edition

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pp. 239-266

"In the quarter century since Uneven Development was written, capitalism and its geography have changed dramatically. Globalization, the computerization of everyday life for many, the implosion of state socialism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, reassertion of..."


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pp. 267-294


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pp. 295-306


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pp. 307-323

E-ISBN-13: 9780820335902
E-ISBN-10: 0820335908
Print-ISBN-13: 9780820330990
Print-ISBN-10: 082033099X

Page Count: 344
Illustrations: 1 table, 1 figure
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: Third Edition

OCLC Number: 593303347
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Uneven Development

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Subject Headings

  • Space in economics.
  • Economic geography.
  • Capitalism.
  • Economic development.
  • Regional economic disparities.
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