POSSIBLE WORLDS: HENRI LEFEBVRE AND THE RIGHT TO THE CITY

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  • MARK PURCELL

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    1. University of Washington
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ABSTRACT

There has been much attention paid recently the idea of the right to the city. This article argues that in order to fully appreciate the power of the idea, we should understand it through a close reading of Henri Lefebvre's body of work on the city and politics. Lefebvre presents a radical vision for a city in which users manage urban space for themselves, beyond the control of both the state and capitalism. However, while it calls for profound change, Lefebvre's vision is also eminently practical; it can very much serve as a guide and inspiration for concrete action to change the city today.

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