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Walker, Richard (1947–)

  • By: Barney Warf
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

A longtime professor of geography at the University of California, Berkeley, Richard Walker has played a significant role in Marxist theorizations of economic geography, agriculture, water and the social construction of the environment, and urban change. A student of David Harvey, Walker completed his PhD at Johns Hopkins University in 1977. With more than 80 refereed articles and four books, his work has been influential in several domains of human geography. He has long insisted eloquently on the centrality of the production process, the division of labor, and the politics of the state as driving forces behind numerous social and spatial phenomena under capitalism. He has also written on geographic pedagogy, particularly the challenges of teaching political economy. He has been actively involved with the ...

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