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Author Harvey, David, 1935-

Title Cosmopolitanism and the geographies of freedom / David Harvey

Publ Info New York : Columbia University Press, [2009]
 RWU Main Library  G70 .H33 2009    AVAILABLE
Descript x, 339 pages ; 24 cm
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Series Wellek Library lectures in critical theory
Wellek Library lecture series at the University of California, Irvine
Note Includes bibliographical references (p.[285] - 324) and index
Contents pt. 1. Universal values -- Kant's anthropology and geography -- The postcolonial critique of liberal cosmopolitanism -- The flat world of neoliberal utopianism -- The new cosmopolitans -- The banality of geographical evils -- pt. 2. Geographical knowledges -- Geographical reason -- Spacetime and the world -- Places, regions, territories -- The nature of environment -- Epilogue: Geographical theory and the ruses of geographical reason
Note "Liberty and freedom are frequently invoked to justify political action. Presidents as diverse as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush have built their policies on some version of these noble values. Yet in practice, idealist agendas often turn sour as they confront specific circumstances on the ground. Demonstrated by incidents at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, the pursuit of liberty and freedom can lead to violence and repression, undermining our trust in universal theories of liberalism, neoliberalism, and cosmopolitanism.Combining his passions for politics and geography, David Harvey charts a cosmopolitan order more appropriate to an emancipatory form of global governance. Political agendas tend to fail, he argues, because they ignore the complexities of geography. Incorporating geographical knowledge into the formation of social and political policy is therefore a necessary condition for genuine democracy." -- Book jacket
LC subject Geography -- Philosophy
ISBN 9780231148467 (cloth : alk. paper)
0231148461 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231519915 (ebook)
0231519915 (ebook)