This chapter examines the work of Ira Katznelson in the context of a Marxian framework for the problems of identity, space, and structure. It explains that Katznelson's effort to develop a framework for Marxian urban theory took the specificity of the U.S. socio-political structure as a crucial ingredient for avoiding the pitfalls found in the work of Manuel Castells and David Harvey, and the most systematic and nuanced attempt to link class and space within the Marxian framework. It explores the history and place of Marxist and socialist discourse in American political culture and comments on the debates over the peculiarly limited nature of urban policy making in American cities and the relative absence of working-class-based urban movements and agendas.
Keywords: Ira Katznelson; Marxian urban theory; identity; space; structure; socio-political structure; political culture; American cities; urban policy making; urban movements
Chapter. 20403 words.
Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies
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