This reference is a comprehensive study guide to the city. The text explains and evaluates the key ideas, informed by the latest research, adding the necessary historical context to situate the student in the literature and the essential debates. Organized in four sections The SAGE Companion to the City provides a systematic A-Z to understanding the city that explains the interrelations between society, culture, and economy.

Capital and Class

Capital and class
KevinWard

This Chapter

  • Considers the changing role of the city as a site of capital accumulation
  • Reviews the impact of Marxist ideas in urban studies from the nineteenth century onwards
  • Shows how recent urban restructurings can be understood as the outcome of particular conflicts between capital and class

Introduction

I write this chapter from the same city that was the home to Friedrich Engels for over twenty years, and in which he spent almost two years conducting the research that would form the basis of The Conditions of the Working Class. Written over one hundred and sixty years ago, between 1844 and 1845, this ‘consideration of cities in the early development of the English working class’ (Katznelson, 1992: 30) has proved a landmark ...

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