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Understanding Henri Lefebvre : A Critical Introduction - Stuart Elden

Understanding Henri Lefebvre

A Critical Introduction

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Henri Lefebvre has been celebrated as one of the most influential social theorists of the Twentieth Century. Understanding Henri Lefebvre: Theory and the Possible places Lefebvre in his historical and intellectual context and analyses the extraordinary range of his work, across politics, philosophy, history, literature and culture. Particular emphasis is given to the three thinkers who most strongly influenced Lefebvre - Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche; his links to contemporaries such as Heidegger, Axelos and the Situationists; and his critiques of existentialism and structuralism. Analysis is not confined to his writings on cities, but also covers those on rural communities, the production of space connected to ideas of time and history, and everyday life linked to the festival and cultural revolution. Understanding Henri Lefebvre: Theory and the Possible offers the most wide-ranging and reliable account of this central theorist.

'...Lefebvre was extraordinarily prolific and his oeuvre contains numerous works that are often neglected or have yet to be brought into focus by commentators. This is something that Elden's truly compendious Understanding Henri Lefebvre helps to correct...Elden has performed a fine service to Lefebvre scholarship here. His book will help to orient an English-speaking audience to the sophisticated philosophical background of one of the most original calls to revolutionary thought and action of the twentieth century.'--Andrew Aitken

Acknowledgementsp. v
Introduction: Henri Lefebvre 1901-91p. 1
Rethinking Marxismp. 15
A new reading of Marxp. 15
The 'juvenile presumptions' of existentialismp. 19
Structuralism as the French ideologyp. 22
Logic and dialecticsp. 27
Applications of the dialecticp. 36
Alienationp. 39
Productionp. 43
The Party and beyondp. 46
Engaging with philosophyp. 65
Beyond Marxismp. 65
The Philosophies group, Schelling and Hegelp. 67
Nietzsche against the fascistsp. 73
Heidegger and the metaphysics of the Grand Guignolp. 76
Metaphilosophyp. 83
Descartes and literaturep. 85
The critique of everyday lifep. 110
A day in the lifep. 111
A critique of the presentp. 115
Festival and revolutionp. 117
From the rural to the urbanp. 127
The town and the countryp. 129
A sack of potatoesp. 135
Reading rural spacesp. 137
The spectre of the urbanp. 140
Reading urban spacesp. 147
Space and historyp. 169
Time and momentsp. 170
Historyp. 175
The production of spacep. 181
Time, space and rhythmp. 192
Politics and the statep. 211
De l'Etat-An overviewp. 215
The State Mode of Productionp. 222
Autogestion and the right to differencep. 226
The world scalep. 231
The state organization of spacep. 236
Politics, the political and the possiblep. 241
Bibliography of Lefebvre's writingsp. 257
Index of Namesp. 263
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ISBN: 9780826470034
ISBN-10: 0826470033
Series: Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.1  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1