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Paris, capital of modernity

David Harvey
The Myths of Modernity: Balzac's Paris, 1830-1848 as mentioned in this paper, is a collection of modernity as break, including representations and materializations of Paris 1848-1870.
Introduction: Modernity as Break Part One: Representations: Paris 1830-1848 1. The Myths of Modernity: Balzac's Paris 2. Dreaming the Body Politic: Revolutionary Politics and Utopian Schemes, 1830-1848 Part Two: Materializations: Paris 1848-1870 Prologue 3. The Production of Space 4. Money, Credit and Finance 5. Rent and the Propertied Interest 6. The State 7. Abstract and Concrete Labor 8. The Buying and Selling of Labor Power 9. The Reproduction of Labor Power 10. Consumerism, Spectacle and Leisure 11. Community and Class 12. National Relations 13. Science and Sentiment, Modernity and Tradition 14. Rhetoric and Representation 15. The Geopolitics of Urban Transformation Coda: The Building of the Basilica of Sacre Coeur Notes Bibliography Illustration Credits and Acknowledgements Index

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Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution

David Harvey
TL;DR: In this article, the authors argue that cities can become the focus for anti-capitalist resistance, and explore how cities might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically sane ways.
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Aesthetics of Superfluity

Achille Mbembe
- 01 Sep 2004 - 
TL;DR: The idea of the metropolis in European thought has always been linked to that of "civilization" (a form of existence as well as a structure of time) and capitalist rationalization as discussed by the authors.
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Dams as Symbols of Modernization: The Urbanization of Nature Between Geographical Imagination and Materiality

TL;DR: In this article, an analysis of the iconography and symbolism of dam constructions at three levels: first, as embodiments of the dialectics between geographical imaginations and material practices in the process of modernization; second, as symbols of modernity's quest to conquer and urbanize nature; and third, as catalysts for reconfiguring the relationship between nature and the city.
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Clockpunk Anthropology and the Ruins of Modernity

TL;DR: The authors argue that despite the critiques of the past two decades, the temporality of modernity and a belief in its exceptionalism still structure much of anthropological thought, as exemplified in the division of archaeology and ethnography and in the subfield of historical archaeology.

Unlocking Land Values to Finance Urban Infrastructure

TL;DR: In this paper, the authors examine an important option for local infrastructure finance: capturing land value gains for public investment, which is needed to meet the demand for a safer and more reliable water supply, higher standards for the removal and treatment of wastewater and solid waste.
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The Limits to Capital

David Harvey
TL;DR: The Limits to Capital as mentioned in this paper is a theory of capital that links a general Marxian theory of financial and geographical crises with the incredible turmoil now being experienced in world markets, and provides one of the best theoretical guides to the contradictory forms found in the historical and geographical dynamics of capitalist development.
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The Metropolis and Mental Life

Georg Simmel
TL;DR: The claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life is the deepest problems of modern life as mentioned in this paper.

Gender and the politics of history

TL;DR: The Thirtieth Anniversary edition as discussed by the authors presents a survey of women's history with a focus on gender, gender and class analysis, including women workers in the Discourse of French Political Economy, 1840-1860.