“An essential synopsis of essential readings that every human geographer must read. It is highly recommended for those just embarking on their careers as well as those who need a reminder of how and why geography moved from the margins of social thought to its very core.” —Barney Warf, Florida State University “Key Texts in Human Geography will surely become a ‘key text’ itself. Read any chapter and you will want to compare it with another. Before you realize, an afternoon is gone and then you are tracking down the originals…” —James D. Sidaway, School of Geography, University of Plymouth A unique resource for students, Key Texts in Human Geography provides concise but rigorous overviews of the key texts that have formed post-war human geography. The text has been designed as a student-friendly guide that will: explain the text in relation to the geographical debates at the time of writing discuss the text's main arguments and sources of evidence review the initial reception, subsequent evaluation, and continued influence of each key texts contribution to how geographers understand space and place Intended Audience: Written in a clear and accessible way, by acknowledged scholars of the texts, an essential resources for undergraduates, Key Texts in Human Geography will be widely used and highly cited in courses on methods and approaches in geography.
Chapter 9: Uneven Development (1984): Neil Smith
Uneven Development (1984): Neil Smith
At the very least, uneven development is the geographic expression of the contradictions of capital … The historic mission of capital is the development of the forces of production via which the geographical equalization of conditions and levels of production become possible. The production of nature is the basic condition for this equalization, but equalization is continually frustrated by the differentiation of geographic space. (Smith, 1984: 152)
In introducing Neil Smith's (1984) Uneven Development, I will begin with something of an admission. As a Master's student with an interest in Marxist ideas of political economy and uneven development, I bought this book soon after its publication in 1984 but struggled to really ‘get into’ the book, preferring ...