NOTES TOWARDS A SPATIAL READING OF MARX’S FRAGMENT ON MACHINES Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Sandell, John
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography
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  • This thesis contributes to the current project of developing new critical urban theory in response to the economic, social, and technological transformations of the early 21st century. More specifically, it focuses on a recent metropolitanization of post-Workerist theories of cognitive capitalism by arguing for a need to more carefully interrogate the underlying base of such theories and its implications for the contemporary theorization of cities. In particular, a section in Karl Marx’s notebooks known as the Fragment on Machines is identified as a key text that provides the foundation for contemporary theories of cognitive and post-industrial capitalism. Drawing on a largely forgotten book by eminent spatial theorist Henri Lefebvre, I suggest the importance of reading and thinking Marx’s Fragment in spatial terms. Introducing the problem of space, I argue, provides an important corrective to current attempts to urbanize theories of cognitive capitalism.
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  • Kirsch, Scott
  • Reyes, Alvaro
  • Pickles, John
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017
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