Writings on cities / Henri Lefebvre; selected, translated and introduced by Eleonore Kofman and Elizabeth Lebas.

by Lefebvre, Henri, 1901-1991Looking glass; Kofman, EleonoreLooking glass; Lebas, ElizabethLooking glass.

Publisher: Malden, mAss. ; Blackwell, 1996.Description: vi, 250 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0631191879; 0631191887; 9780631191872; 9780631191889.Subject(s): Lefebvre, Henri, 1901-1991Looking glass | Cities and townsLooking glass | Philosophy, French -- 20th centuryLooking glass | Philosophy, Marxist -- France | Sociology, UrbanLooking glass | Urban renewalLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index. Language: Translated from the French.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The work of Henri Lefebvre - the only major French intellectual of the post-war period to give extensive consideration to the city and urban life - received considerable attention among both academics and practitioners of the built environment following the publication in English of The Production of Space. This new collection brings together, for the first time in English, Lefebvre's reflections on the city and urban life written over a span of some twenty years.

The selection of writings is contextualized by an introduction - itself a significant contribution to the interpretation of Henri Lefebvre's work - which places the material within the context of Lefebvre's intellectual and political life and times and raises pertinent issues as to their relevance for contemporary debates over such questions as the nature of urban reality, the production of space and modernity.

Writings on Cities is of particular relevance to architects, planners, geographers, and those interested in the philosophical and political understanding of contemporary life.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Translated from the French.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • 1 Right to the City: Warning
  • 2 Industrialization and urbanization
  • 3 Philosophy and the City
  • 4 Specific Sciences and Urban Reality
  • 5 Philosophy of the City and Urbanistic Reality
  • 6 The Specificity of the City
  • 7 Continuities and Discontinuities
  • 8 Levels of Reality and Analysis
  • 9 Town and Country
  • 10 Around the Critical Point
  • 11 On the Urban Form
  • 12 Spectral Analysis
  • 13 The Right to the City
  • 14 Perspective or Prospective
  • 15 The Realiziation of Philosophy
  • 16 These on the City, the Urban and Urbanism
  • 17 Space and Politics
  • Space and Politics
  • introduction
  • 18 Space and Politics
  • Institutions of a Post-technological Society
  • 19 Interviews
  • No Salvation from the Centre
  • 20 The Urban Question
  • Elements of Rhythmanalysis
  • Seen from the Window
  • 21 Rhythmanalysis of Mediterranean Cities
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Author notes provided by Syndetics


Eleonore Kofman is Professor in the Department of International Studies at Nottingham Trent University.
Elizabeth Lebas is Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography at Middlesex University. Both have researched and written extensively on French urbanization and urban theory.

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