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Marxism and the City

Ira Katznelson


Defeated in the East and discredited in the West, Marxism has broken down as an ideology and as a guide to governance. However, for all its flaws, it remains an important tool for understanding and raising questions about key aspects of modern life. In Marxism and the City, Ira Katznelson critically assesses the scholarship on cities that has developed within Marxism in the past quarter century to show how some of the most important weaknesses in Marxism as a social theory can be remedied by forcing it to engage seriously with cities and spatial concerns. He argues that such a Marxism still ha ... More

Keywords: capitalism, cities, class formation, East, feudalism, governance, group formation, ideology, Marxism, Marxism as a social theory, nation‐states, social–theoretical traditions, spatial concerns, urban life, weaknesses in Marxism as a social theory, West, Western urban life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198279242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0198279248.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ira Katznelson, author
New School for Social Science Research, New York
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