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Building Capitalism : Historical Change and the Labour Process in the Production of Built Environment - Linda Clarke

Building Capitalism

Historical Change and the Labour Process in the Production of Built Environment

Paperback Published: 30th October 2012
ISBN: 9780415688024
Number Of Pages: 336

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First published in 1992, this Routledge Revival sees the reissue of a truly original exploration of the nature of urbanization and capitalism.

Linda Clarke's vital work argues that:

  • Urbanization is a product of the social human labour engaged in building as well as a concentration of the labour force.
  • The quality of the labour process determines the development of production.
  • Changes to the built environment reflect changes in the production process and, in particular, the development of wage labour.

To support these arguments, the author identifies a qualitatively new historical stage of capitalist building production involving a significant expansion of wage labour, and hence capital, and the transition from artisan to industrial production.

Linda Clarke draws from a wide range of original material relating to the development of London from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century to provide a complete description of the development process: materials extraction, roadbuilding, housebuilding, paving, cleansing, etc; profiles of builders and contractors involved, and a picture of the new working class communities, as in Somers Town - their living conditions, population, working environment, and politics.

Theoretical Questions and Considerations
Urbanization as a Production Process
Transition and Historical Change in the Urbanization Process
Stages a Structure or Transition
The End of Artisan Production
Urbanization through Artisan Production: From Brill Farm to Somers Town
Eighteenth-Century Building Conditions in and Around London
The Early Development of Brill Farm and its surroundings
A Breakdown in the Process of Building St. Pancras
Urbanization Through Contracting
The Builder as Contractor
A New Stage of Building Production
The Capital Expands
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ISBN: 9780415688024
ISBN-10: 0415688027
Series: Routledge Revivals
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30th October 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 18.42  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1

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