ON THE HISTORY AND PRESENT CONDITION OF GEOGRAPHY: AN HISTORICAL MATERIALIST MANIFESTO

Authors

  • David Harvey

    1. DAVID HARVEY is Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering in The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218. A recipient of the “Outstanding Contributor’ Award of the Association of American Geographers in 1980, he is the author of Explanation in Geography (1969), Social Justice and the City (1973) and The Limits to Capital (1983).
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Abstract

The history and present condition of Geography have to be understood historically. A review of the roles of geographical knowledge under capitalism illustrates how it has changed in relation to shifting societal needs. Against such a background it is then possible to fashion an historical materialist interpretation of the present dilemmas of Geography as an academic discipline and to formulate concrete proposals for its transformation.

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