Abstract from the Concrete
the incidents series
David Harvey

Edited by Jennifer Sigler, Leah Whitman-Salkin
Introduction by Susan Fainstein With an interview by Mariano Gomez Luque and Daniel Ibañez


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Marxist geographer David Harvey opened his lecture with a fact: between 2011 and 2013 China consumed 50 percent more cement than the United States had in the entire twentieth century. In Abstract from the Concrete, he asks why.

Essay / Literature, Landscape / Urbanism
Spiraling outward—geographically and materially—David Harvey travels from the building industry in China to the foreclosed housing market in the United States to the automobile industry in São Paolo and back again. The why emerges as a direct result of “anti-value,” of capital in crisis—intrinsic, he contends, to capital and capital cities today.

David W. Harvey is a British-born Marxist economic geographer Podcaster and Distinguished Professor of anthropology and geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

174 pages
Paperback, 13.5x21 cm
Sternberg Press, 1st edition 2016
ISBN 9783956792618