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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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Beyond the Functionalist Bias in Urban Theory

Beyond the Functionalist Bias in Urban Theory

(p.72) Chapter 2 Beyond the Functionalist Bias in Urban Theory
The Promise of the City

Kian Tajbakhsh

University of California Press

This chapter examines the work of David Harvey concerning urban theory. It identifies the place that Harvey's reaffirmation of classical Marxism occupies within the discourse of Marxian urbanism and analyzes Harvey's interpretation of urban conflict through his theory of urban-based movements as displaced class struggles. This chapter argues that by discounting the political and institutional salience of the distinction between workplace and residential community Harvey's model has two principal drawbacks. The chapter also considers Claus Offe's analysis of the two logics of collective action in the context of the problems of trade-union politics when faced with the expansion and differentiation of their traditional constituencies.

Keywords:   David Harvey, urban theory, Marxian urbanism, urban conflict, displaced class struggles, Claus Offe, collective action, trade-union politics

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