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The urban sociology of castells,manuel - a critical-examination of the central concepts
Mckeown, K
The writings of Manuel Castells are centrally concerned with the development of a Marxist urban sociology. This article provides a critical examination of the central concepts of these writings. The article begins with some preparatory remarks on Castells's critique of conventional urban sociology and on the Althusserian variant of historical materialism which he adopts. This is followed by an examination of the four central concepts of Castells's work, namely, collective consumption, the urban system, urban planning and urban social movements. It will be argued throughout that, although Castells's writings may act as a catalyst in the future development of a Marxist urban sociology, the conceptual core of his work makes no substantial contribution per se towards this development.
Keyword(s): Economics; Sociology
Publication Date:
1980
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Citation(s): K Mckeown, 'The urban sociology of castells,manuel - a critical-examination of the central concepts', Economic and Social Research Institute, Economic and Social Review, Vol.11 (Issue 3), 1980, 1980, pp257-280
Publisher(s): Economic and Social Research Institute
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