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  • 1. Culture and Globalization Space & Place I Cities and Globalization February 13, 2013
  • 2. David Harvey: Flexible Accumulationthrough UrbanizationI. Review basics of Marxist theory of capitalismII. Think about the changes in the economysince 1972III. Analyze the role of the city in contemporaryglobalization
  • 3. I. Marxism 101● proletariat & bourgeoisie● commodity● use value & surplus value● labor power● mass production● accumulation● competition● falling profit rate● crisis● consumption & social reproduction
  • 4. II. U.S. Economy post-1972● Shift away from Keynesianism (aka social welfare state policies)● Shift away from Fordist production model● Development of global production models and outsourcing (multinationals)● Rise of domestic knowledge/service economiesHarvey puts these changes together and calls it"flexible accumulation"
  • 5. III. Cities in Flexible AccumulationWhat roles do cities play, according to Harvey?
  • 6. III. Cities in Flexible AccumulationWhat roles do cities play, according to Harvey?● inter-urban competition● consumption● spectacle
  • 7. Saskia Sassen: Cities, Politics, War● What are the impacts of globalization on the nation- state?● Why and how does the scale of the city become important?● What does it mean for the city to be a technology of war, and how does this fit with Sassens larger arguments about cities and globalization?