State, Space, World: Selected Essays

By Henri Lefebvre, Stuart Elden, Neil Brenner

The most influential Marxist theorists of the 20 th century, Henri Lefebvre pioneered the examine of the fashionable nation in an age of increasing worldwide fiscal integration and fragmentation. presently after the 1974 booklet of his landmark ebook The construction of house, Lefebvre launched into essentially the most formidable tasks of his occupation: a attention of the historical past and geographies of the fashionable nation via a enormous research that associated numerous disciplines, together with political technology, sociology, geography, and historical past. kingdom, house, global collects a chain of LefebvreOCOs key writings at the nation from this era. Making to be had in English for the 1st time the as-yet-unexplored political point of LefebvreOCOs paintings, it comprises essays on philosophy, political idea, country formation, spatial making plans, and globalization, in addition to provocative reflections at the chances and bounds of grassroots democracy lower than complex capitalism. kingdom, house, global is a necessary supplement to The construction of house, The city Revolution, and The Critique of lifestyle. LefebvreOCOs unique and prescient analyses that emerge during this quantity are urgently correct to modern debates on globalization and neoliberal capitalism.

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Ephemeral companies and cities. the hot nomadism. The delocalization or deterritorialization of the social. the rate of superficial (social and spatial) alterations. The move of intelligibility and the flow of ambiguity. Circulations and stabilities. The country within the smooth global 117 Conflicts among swap and homogeneity. The tendency of the country towards balance, towards the instantiation of fastened facilities of selection making, towards managed repetition. The society of conversation (without the rest) because the utopia of the kingdom.

In its place we finish this introductory essay via noting, in hugely stylized phrases, six attainable ways that Lefebvre's contributions to this quantity may perhaps stay proper to the worries of up to date Left-radical students, social theorists, and activists. the hot Politics of area within the early i97os Lefebvre mirrored at the complicated, national process of spatial making plans that have been developed in France and all through a lot of Europe throughout the previous decade and a part (see chapters 7 and 11).

Forty five. Lefebvre refers to Lafont's pondering on secessionist routine within the Occitan quarter of France a number of instances in quantity four of De l'Etat. a few of Lafont's key works integrated Decoloniser en France, les areas face aI' Europe (Paris: Gallimard, 1971); l. a. revolution regionaliste (Paris: Gallimard, i973); and Autonomie: De los angeles sector al'autogestion (Paris: Gallimard, 1976). forty six. Henri Lefebvre, The Survival of Capitalism, trans. Frank Bryant (New York: St. Martin's, 1976), forty. forty seven. Khilnani, Arguing Revolution, 182.

It's not a question of the shape that the dictatorship of the proletariat took within the Soviet Union less than Stalin. The Stalinist concept, or quite perform, of the dictatorship of the proletariat has been a deviation, a distortion, and, to exploit a be aware that has turn into banal, the Stalinist perform of the dictatorship of the proletariat used to be a revisionism of the true Leninist concept of the dictatorship of the proletariat and the withering away of the country. Stalin retained just one of the 2 phrases in MarxistLeninist conception, and in so doing distorted it.

The reformists, too, emphasised democracy, leaving apart the dictatorship of the proletariat and, in fact, the withering away of the nation. Reformists and revolutionaries engaged in violent and unending controversies, atmosphere non-stop evolution and discontinuity against one another. In tacit contract over the non-withering away of the nation, the previous recognize the permanence of the nationally constituted nation, with the latter energetically lauding the transformation of the bourgeois nation right into a so-called employees' (or quite "workers" and peasants") kingdom.

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