Friday, October 25, 2013

Walter Benjamin, Early Writings

Walter Benjamin, Early Writings

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Walter Benjamin became a published writer at the age of seventeen. Yet the first stirrings of this most original of critical minds—penned during the years in which he transformed himself from the comfortable son of a haute-bourgeois German Jewish family into the nomadic, uncompromising philosopher-critic we have since come to appreciate—have until now remained largely unavailable in English. Early Writings, 1910-1917 rectifies this situation, documenting the formative intellectual experiences of one of the twentieth century's most resolutely independent thinkers.Here we see the young Benjamin in his various roles as moralist, cultural critic, school reformer, and poet-philosopher. The diversity of interest and profundity of thought characteristic of his better-known work from the 1920s and 30s are already in evidence, as we witness the emergence of critical projects that would occupy Benjamin throughout his intellectual career: the role of the present in historical remembrance, the relationship of the intellectual to political action, the idea of truth in works of art, and the investigation of language as the veiled medium of experience. Even at this early stage, a recognizably Benjaminian way of thinking comes into view—a daring, boundary-crossing enterprise that does away with classical antitheses in favor of the relentlessly-seeking critical consciousness that produced the groundbreaking works of his later years. With the publication of these early writings, our portrait of one of the most significant intellects of the twentieth century edges closer to completion.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Antonis Vradis, Dimitris Dalakoglou, Revolt and Crisis in Greece: Between a Present Yet to Pass and a Future Still to Come

Antonis Vradis, Dimitris Dalakoglou, Revolt and Crisis in Greece: Between a Present Yet to Pass and a Future Still to Come

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How does a revolt come about and what does it leave behind? What impact does it have on those who participate in it and those who simply watch it? Is the Greek revolt of December 2008 confined to the shores of the Mediterranean, or are there lessons we can bring to bear on social action around the globe? Revolt and Crisis in Greece: Between a Present Yet to Pass and a Future Still to Come is a collective attempt to grapple with these questions. A collaboration between anarchist publishing collectives Occupied London and AK Press, this timely new volume traces Greece's long moment of transition from the revolt of 2008 to the economic crisis that followed. In its twenty chapters, authors from around the world including those on the ground in Greece analyse how December became possible, exploring its legacies and the position of the social antagonist movement in face of the economic crisis and the arrival of the International Monetary Fund. In the essays collected here, over two dozen writers offer historical analysis of the factors that gave birth to December and the potentialities it has opened up in face of the capitalist crisis. Yet the book also highlights the dilemmas the antagonist movement has been faced with since: the book is an open question and a call to the global antagonist movement, and its allies around the world, to radically rethink and redefine our tactics in a rapidly changing landscape where crises and potentialities are engaged in a fierce battle with an uncertain outcome. Contributors include Vaso Makrygianni, Haris Tsavdaroglou, Christos Filippidis, Christos Giovanopoulos, TPTG, Metropolitan Sirens, Yannis Kallianos, Hara Kouki, Kirilov, Some of Us, Soula M., Christos Lynteris, Yiannis Kaplanis, David Graeber, Christos Boukalas, Alex Trocchi, Antonis Vradis, Dimitris Dalakoglou and the Occupied London Collective. Art and design by Leandros, Klara Jaya Brekke and Tim Simons. Edited by Antonis Vradis and Dimitris Dalakoglou of Occupied London.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Neil Smith, Essay Collection


Smith N - 'Academic War over the Field of Geography' - The Elimination of Geography at Harvard, 1947-1951

Smith N - Blind Man's Buff, or Hamnett's Philosophical Individualism in Search of Gentrification
Smith N - Bowman's New World and the Council on Foreign Relations

Smith N - Class Struggle on Avenue B - The Lower East Side as Wild West (Chap. 1 from The New Urban Fronteir)
Smith N - Contours of a Spatialized Politics - Homeless Vehicles and the Production of Geographical Scale

Smith N - For a History of Geography - Response to Comments
Smith N - Gentrification and the Rent Gap

Smith N - Gentrification and Uneven Development
Smith N - Geography, Difference and the Politics of Scale

Smith N - Geography, Empire and Social Theory
Smith N - Geust Editorial - Another Revolution is Possible - Foucault, Ethics and Politics

Smith N - Giuliani Time - The Revanchist 1990s
Smith N - Global Executioner

Smith N - History and Philosophy of Geography - Real Wars, Theory Wars
Smith N - Is a Critical Geopolitics Possible - Foucault, Class and the Vision Thing

Smith N - Is Gentrification a Dirty Word (Chap. 2 from The New Urban Frontier)
Smith N - Retro Modern or Revolutionary - Scale Shifts and Political Reaction in Twenty-First Century Urbanism

Smith N - The Endgame of Globalization
Smith N - The Region is Dead! Long Live the Region!

Smith N - The Satanic Geographies of Globalization - Uneven Development in the 1990s
Smith N - What Happened to Class

Smith N - Which New Urbanism - The Revanchist '90s
Smith N and Dennis - The Restructuring of Geographical Scale - Coalescence and Fragmentation of the Northern Core Region

Smith N and Schaffer - The Gentrification of Harlem

Neil Smith, Selected Essays

On geography, capital, development, and gentrification


Neil Smith, Uneven Development: Nature, Capital and the Production of Space [3rd Ed.]

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[book] 2008/1990/1984, U of Georgia ; living classic of critical Human Geography w/ 2 prefaces, 2 afterwords and a foreword by David Harvey.

From University of Georgia, 

"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." 

Neil Smith, The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City

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From Amazon,

"Why have so many central and inner cities in Europe, North America and Australia been so radically revamped in the last three decades, converting urban decay into new chic? Will the process continue in the twenty-first century or has it ended? What does this mean for the people who live there? Can they do anything about it?

This book challenges conventional wisdom, which holds gentrification to be the simple outcome of new middle-class tastes and a demand for urban living. It reveals gentrification as part of a much larger shift in the political economy and culture of the late twentieth century. Documenting in gritty detail the conflicts that gentrification brings to the new urban 'frontiers', the author explores the interconnections of urban policy, patterns of investment, eviction, and homelessness.

The failure of liberal urban policy and the end of the 1980s financial boom have made the end-of-the-century city a darker and more dangerous place. Public policy and the private market are conspiring against minorities, working people, the poor, and the homeless as never before. In the emerging revanchist city, gentrification has become part of this policy of revenge."