Why read a long dead French Marxist to think about land struggles today?

Politics Reconsidered

paul klee

By Stuart Elden and Adam David Morton

Henri Lefebvre was a French Marxist sociologist and philosopher, whose date of birth is disputed, but was probably 1901, and whose long life came to an end in 1991. He is principally known in English language discussions for his work on three related topics – everyday life, urban politics and the production of space. Lefebvre wrote widely, with several works of philosophy, including stinging critiques of existentialism and structuralism; a number of studies of Marx, Hegel and Nietzsche; books on French literary and philosophical figures such as Rabelais, Descartes, Musset and Pascal; alongside his major work De l’État, whose four volumes are partly summarised in the English collection State, Space, Worldand his wide ranging The Production of Space that has proved important in and beyond the discipline of geography. But Lefebvre also wrote extensively on rural politics and land questions. It…

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