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Marxian Class Analysis, Essentialism, and the Problem of Urban Identity

Kian Tajbakhsh

in The Promise of the City

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780520222779
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924642 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222779.003.0002
Marxian Class Analysis, Essentialism, and the Problem of Urban Identity

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This chapter focuses on the issues of urban identity, essentialism, and Marxian class analysis. It shows that the notion of identity is best viewed primarily as hybrid, overlapping, and undecidable and explains that the notion of hybrid identities offers a more compelling alternative to the liberal, communitarian, or Marxian perspectives on the possibilities of the liberating power of identity in the city. It considers the work of Manuel Castells as successive attempts to develop a non-essentialist or nonreductive account of urban identity or urban agency and traces the effect of essentialist assumptions on his attempt to escape the class reductive aspects of Marxian theory.

Keywords: urban identity; essentialism; Marxian class analysis; hybrid identities; city; Manuel Castells; Marxian theory

Chapter.  15017 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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