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The Point Is To Change It: Geographies of Hope and Survival in an Age of Crisis

Noel Castree (Editor), Paul A. Chatterton (Editor), Nik Heynen (Editor), Wendy Larner (Editor), Melissa W. Wright (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9834-9
360 pages
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Commissioned to celebrate the 40th year of Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, this book evaluates the role of the critical social scientist and how the point of their work is not simply to interpret the world but to change it
  • Brings together leading critical social scientists to consider the major challenges of our time and what is to be done about them
  • Applies diagnostic and normative reasoning to momentous issues including the global economic crisis, transnational environmental problems, record levels of malnourishment, never ending wars, and proliferating natural disasters
  • Theoretically diverse - a range of perspectives are put to work ranging from Marxism and feminism to anarchism
  • The chapters comprise advanced but accessible analyses of the present and future world order
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Point Is To Change It: Noel Castree, Paul Chatterton, Nik Heynen, Wendy Larner and Melissa W. Wright

1 Now and Then: Michael J. Watts

2 The Idea of Socialism: From 1968 to the Present-day Crisis: Hugo Radice

3 The Revolutionary Imperative: Neil Smith

4 To Make Live or Let Die? Rural Dispossession and the Protection of Surplus Populations: Tania Murray Li

5 Postneoliberalism and Its Malcontents: Jamie Peck, Nik Theodore and Neil Brenner

6 D/developments after the Meltdown: Gillian Hart

7 Is the Globalization Consensus Dead?: Robert Wade

8 The Uses of Neoliberalism: James Ferguson

9 Crisis, Continuity and Change: Neoliberalism, the Left and the Future of Capitalism: Noel Castree

10 Money Games: Currencies and Power in the Contemporary World Economy: John Agnew

11 Pre-Black Futures: Katharyne Mitchell

12 The Shape of Capitalism to Come: Paul Cammack

13 Who Counts? Dilemmas of Justice in a Postwestphalian World: Nancy Fraser

14 The Communist Hypothesis and Revolutionary Capitalisms: Exploring the Idea of Communist Geographies for the 21st Century: Erik Swyngedouw

15 An Economic Ethics for the Anthropocene: J. K. Gibson-Graham and Gerda Roelvink


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Author Information

Noel Castree is a Professor in the School of Environment and Development, Manchester University.

Paul Chatterton directs the MA for Social Activism at the University of Leeds.

Nik Heynen is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia.

Wendy Larner is a Professor of Geography at Bristol University who works on globalisation and gender.

Melissa W. Wright is an Associate Professor in the Geography and Women's Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.

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“In all, an applaudable work of thoughtful scholarship.”  (Swedish Society for Anthropology & Geography, 2011)


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