Beyond the Functionalist Bias in Urban Theory

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:
Beyond the Functionalist Bias in Urban Theory

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This chapter examines the work of David Harvey concerning urban theory. It identifies the place that Harvey's reaffirmation of classical Marxism occupies within the discourse of Marxian urbanism and analyzes Harvey's interpretation of urban conflict through his theory of urban-based movements as displaced class struggles. This chapter argues that by discounting the political and institutional salience of the distinction between workplace and residential community Harvey's model has two principal drawbacks. The chapter also considers Claus Offe's analysis of the two logics of collective action in the context of the problems of trade-union politics when faced with the expansion and differentiation of their traditional constituencies.

Keywords: David Harvey; urban theory; Marxian urbanism; urban conflict; displaced class struggles; Claus Offe; collective action; trade-union politics

Chapter.  16981 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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