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Chapter 8: The Limits to Capital (1982): David Harvey
The Limits to Capital (1982): David Harvey
The aim is … to create frameworks of understanding, an elaborated conceptual apparatus, with which to grasp the most significant relationships at work within the intricate dynamics of social transformation. (Harvey, 1982: 450–451)
The Limits to Capital was first published in 1982. It is a book with epic ambitions. It aims to explain how a raft of geographical phenomena – such as city-regions, nation states and transportation networks within and between them – are integral to the functioning of the world's dominant economic system (capitalism). Harvey is arguably the most famous contemporary geographer, known for his politically engaged scholarship beyond, as much as within, the field of professional geography. Author of over a ...