Monday, April 8, 2013
112: David Harvey's From Space to Place
Harvey jumps through a lot of theoretical hoops to make this argument. The one that I least expected from him is also the most interesting: that Heidegger and Marx can be reconciled into a definition of place within global capitalism. Here, Marx's argument that repression, misconception, and exploitation are the result of a "purely place-based politics in a spatially dynamic capitalist world," combined with Heidegger's emphasis on place-based dwelling as an escape from modern capitalism, creates a definition of place as the site of both global capitalist exploitation AND place-based resistance, a site mutually constituted by the struggle between the global and the local.
My only question in all of this has to do with the nature of space. If place is the point of struggle between local dwelling and global capital flows, what is space? Where in the world is there no resistance to outside domination? I imagine even Monsanto cornfields in Kansas and the office buildings on Wall Street contain seeds of dissent somewhere.