Henri Lefebvre: A Critical Introduction

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Architecture - 196 pages
Philosopher, sociologist and urban theorist, Henri Lefebvre is one of the great social theorists of the twentieth century. This accessible and innovative introduction to the work of Lefebvre combines biography and theory in a critical assessment of the dynamics of Lefebvre's character, thought, and times. Exploring key Lefebvrian concepts, Andy Merrifield demonstrates the evolution of Lefebvre's philosophy, while stressing the way his long and adventurous life of ideas and political engagement live on as an enduring and inspiring interrelated whole.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Everyday Life
1
Chapter 2 Moments
21
Chapter 3 Spontaneity
39
Chapter 4 Urbanity
59
Chapter 5 Urban Revolution
79
Chapter 6 Space
99
Chapter 7 Globalization and the State
121
Chapter 8 Mystified Consciousness
143
The End of History or the Total Man?
161
Notes
171
INDEX
191
Back Cover
205
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Andy Merrifield previously taught Geography in the United States and UK, and is the author of Guy Debord, Dialectical Urbanism, and Metromarxism. He lives in the Haute-Loire, France.

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