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 geography’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. “The travails of Baltimore formed the backdrop to my theorizing,” 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 Hopkins’ graduate student, Lata Chatterjee, on the dynamics of Baltimore’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 “revolutionary theory,” and associated dialectical materialism, forming a sounding board for Harvey’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 Harvey’s radical geography.

MitProf Dr Trevor Barnes, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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