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The Promise of the CitySpace, Identity, and Politics in Contemporary Social Thought$
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Kian Tajbakhsh

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222779

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222779.001.0001

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Toward the Historicity and Contingency of Identity

Toward the Historicity and Contingency of Identity

(p.113) Chapter 3 Toward the Historicity and Contingency of Identity
The Promise of the City

Kian Tajbakhsh

University of California Press

This chapter examines the work of Ira Katznelson in the context of a Marxian framework for the problems of identity, space, and structure. It explains that Katznelson's effort to develop a framework for Marxian urban theory took the specificity of the U.S. socio-political structure as a crucial ingredient for avoiding the pitfalls found in the work of Manuel Castells and David Harvey, and the most systematic and nuanced attempt to link class and space within the Marxian framework. It explores the history and place of Marxist and socialist discourse in American political culture and comments on the debates over the peculiarly limited nature of urban policy making in American cities and the relative absence of working-class-based urban movements and agendas.

Keywords:   Ira Katznelson, Marxian urban theory, identity, space, structure, socio-political structure, political culture, American cities, urban policy making, urban movements

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