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Harvey, David

Few scholars have affected our understanding of cities in North America and Western Europe more incisively than David Harvey (1935–). Long affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, briefly at Oxford University, and currently at the City College of New York, where he holds a distinguished chair in anthropology and the Center for Place and Culture, Harvey has written prodigiously and to wide acclaim. At the core of his vision has always been a commitment to seeing and understanding cities as the expression of gen-eralizable principles and forces that permeate capitalist societies. Above all else, Harvey has been a modeler of city dynamics, explaining their evolving character by emphasizing regularity and generalization rather than contingency and place-specificity. His “multiple facets” of cities— neighborhoods, districts, downtowns, social relations, ...

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