Manifesto on the urban commons from the acclaimed theorist.
Long before the Occupy movement,
modern cities had already become the central sites of revolutionary
politics, where the deeper currents of social and political change rise
to the surface. Consequently, cities have been the subject of much
utopian thinking. But at the same time they are also the centers of
capital accumulation and the frontline for struggles over who controls
access to urban resources and who dictates the quality and organization
of daily life. Is it the financiers and developers, or the people?
Rebel Cities places the city at the heart of both capital
and class struggles, looking at locations ranging from Johannesburg to
Mumbai, and from New York City to São Paulo. Drawing on the Paris
Commune as well as Occupy Wall Street and the London Riots, Harvey asks
how cities might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically
sane ways—and how they can become the focus for anti-capitalist