Henri Lefebvre, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche or the Realm of Shadows (Verso, February 2020)

Forthcoming English translation of Lefebvre’s 1975 Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche ou Le royaume des ombres, with an introduction by Stuart Elden, via Progressive Geographies. The Spanish translation was published in 2016 by Siglo XXI.

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71ZRRk3Z5OLI’m pleased to be able to share the news that Henri Lefebvre’s book Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche or the Realm of Shadows is forthcoming in English translation with Verso in early 2020. It’s not yet up on the Verso site, but their US distributors have it listed, and it’s in some online stores.

I’ve known about this book for quite some time now – it’s in a very fine translation by David Fernbach, and it has an introduction by me. The cover is interesting too. I’m really pleased that this book will finally be available in English. It’s one of my favourite books by Lefebvre, and along with Metaphilosophy, one of his key philosophical works. It was published in 1975, immediately after The Production of Space, and just before his epic four-volume De l’État.

With the translation of Lefebvre’s philosophical writings, his stature in the English-speaking world continues to…

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Martín Arboleda — Planetary Mine: Territories of Extraction Under Late Capitalism (Verso, forthcoming January 2020)

So, I am breaking the silence on this blog again to share the good news that Martín Arboleda’s Planetary Mine: Territories of Extraction Under Late Capitalism will finally be out with Verso early next year — probably one of the books I am more excited to read soon, blending a political economy of extractive capitalism with planetary urbanization theory.


Planetary Mine rethinks the politics and territoriality of resource extraction, especially as the mining industry becomes reorganized in the form of logistical networks, and East Asian economies emerge as the new pivot of the capitalist world-system. Through an exploration of the ways in which mines in the Atacama Desert of Chile—the driest in the world—have become intermingled with an expanding constellation of megacities, ports, banks, and factories across East Asia, the book rethinks uneven geographical development in the era of supply chain capitalism. Arguing that extraction entails much more than the mere spatiality of mine shafts, Planetary Mine points towards the expanding webs of infrastructure, of finance, and of struggle, that drive resource-based industries.

You can download earlier material by Arboleda related to this project on the Urban Theory Lab’s publications website, and here is a presentation of some of the material from the book:

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Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw (eds.) Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities

Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw (eds.) Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities, out today with Routledge — extraordinary set of contributions!

https://images.tandf.co.uk/common/jackets/agentjpg/978113862/9781138629196.jpgUrban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities centres on how to organize anew the articulation between emancipatory theory and political activism.

Across its theoretical and empirical chapters, written by leading scholars from anthropology, geography, urban studies, and political science, the book explores new political possibilities that are opening up in an age marked by proliferating contestations, sharpening socio-ecological inequalities, and planetary processes of urbanization and environmental change. A deepened conversation between urban environmental studies and political theory is mobilized to chart a radically new direction for the field of urban political ecology and cognate disciplines: What could emancipatory politics be about in our time? What does a return of the political under the aegis of equality and freedom signal today in theory and in practice? How do political movements emerge that could re-invent equality and freedom as actually existing socio-ecological practices? The hope is to contribute discussions that can expand and rearrange critical environmental studies to remain relevant in a time of deepening depoliticization and the rise of post-truth politics.

Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene will be of interest to postgraduates, established scholars, and upper level undergraduates from any discipline or field with an interest in the interface between the urban, the environment, and the political, including: geography, urban studies, environmental studies, and political science.

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Intervention – “Changing the Question from ‘The End of Austerity?’ to ‘What Ends in Austerity?’”


Ruth Raynor
School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape, Newcastle University

A short break from ceaseless punditry on “Brexit” was given over to chancellor Phillip Hammond’s declaration of the “end of austerity” in the UK. Of course this comment on the autumn budget, made at the end of October, has been met with scepticism. Paul Johnson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies told the BBC (2018): “Arguably he’s just about got to the absolute minimal definition of ending austerity but it’s certainly nothing like a bonanza for the rest of the public services”. And what does it mean to make plans for the future amidst the uncertainty of Brexit? The two events can hardly be separated (Fetzer 2018; Goodwin and Heath 2016). What we are seeing is not the end of actually existing austerity but the end of austerity’s discursive/affective usefulness for a government in chaos. Use has been shifted…

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Advance copy of Shakespearean Territories (University of Chicago Press, 2018) received — Progressive Geographies

I’ve just received an advance copy of Shakespearean Territories (University of Chicago Press, 2018). The book has been a long time in production, and the final stages were delayed by paper shortages and printer problems in the US. I’ve been told that warehouse copies will follow, which usually the sign for when the book is […]

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Paul Chatterton – Unlocking Sustainable Cities: A Manifesto for Real Change

Paul Chatterton, Unlocking Sustainable Cities: A Manifesto for Real Change, forthcoming with Pluto this month.

Unlocking Sustainable CitiesThis book is a manifesto for real urban change. Today, our urban areas are held back by corporate greed, loss of public space and rising inequality. This book highlights how cities are locked into unsustainable and damaging practices, and how exciting new routes can be unlocked for real change.

Across the world, city innovators are putting real sustainability into practice – from transforming abandoned public spaces and setting up community co-operatives, to rewilding urban nature and powering up civic energy.

Paul Chatterton explores the power of these city experiments that harness the creative power of the collective, focusing on five themes: compassion, imagination, experimentation, co-production and transformation; and four city systems: mobility, energy, community and nature. Imagining radical alternatives, such as car-free, post-carbon, common and ‘bio-cities’, this is a toolkit for unlocking real urban change.

In this case it is fair to say that theory follows action. Here is a TED presentation where Chatterton talks about the LILAC co-housing community project he helped to develop in West Leeds.

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Historical Materialism 15th Annual Conference

Historical Materialism 15th Annual Conference – 8-11 November 2018, SOAS, London — via Progressive Geographies

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