Place matters: 1960s Baltimore and the making of David Harvey's radical geography
Dienstag, 22. Mai 2018, 17:00 Uhr
Baltimore has been a crucial site for the historical development of radical geography in North America. For almost three decades it was home to David Harvey while he was Professor of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University (1969-1989; 1993-2001). During that period, he both published some of the work that now constitutes radical geographyÂ’s canon (beginning with Social Justice and the City, 1973), as well as supervised a long list of graduate students who subsequently profoundly shaped radical geographical inquiry. Harvey said that living in Baltimore was crucial to his work over that nearly thirty-year span. Â“The travails of Baltimore formed the backdrop to my theorizing,Â” he wrote. Baltimore was important from the instant he arrived in that city in autumn 1969. Most immediately it was the location for his early empirical work with his first HopkinsÂ’ graduate student, Lata Chatterjee, on the dynamics of BaltimoreÂ’s housing market, and out of which Harvey developed his Marxist theory of urban rent. But it also became his test case for defining the meaning of Â“revolutionary theory,Â” and associated dialectical materialism, forming a sounding board for HarveyÂ’s otherwise abstract theoretical speculations. Drawing in part on STS, the purpose of the paper is to explore how place, in this case Baltimore, mattered in the construction of David HarveyÂ’s radical geography.
Raum: Y25 H79
Geography, Human Geography (HGG)
Geography, Political Geography (PGG)