Cities After... Dr. Andy Merrifield on the Dogma of Inter-Urban Competition


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In this episode, Prof. Robles-Duran is joined by the famed Marxist Urban Theorist Andy Merrifield to have a conversation about inter-urban competition, the socio-spatial consequences of late neoliberalism and the pervasive privatization of urban societies.

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About our guest:  Dr. Andy Merrifield is a British independent scholar and one of the most prolific urban theorists writing toda. He is the author of a dozen books and numerous articles, essays and reviews in The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, New Left Review, Adbusters, The Guardian, Literary Hub, Brooklyn Rail, Radical Philosophy, Monthly Review, Jacobin, and Dissent. Since completing his PhD in Human Geography from the University of Oxford in 1993, Dr. Merrifield has dedicated his life to teach and write about urbanism, social theory and literature from a unique marxist perspective. Amongst his many writings, he has published three intellectual biographies on Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord, and John Berger; a widely popular existential manifesto for liberated living, titled The Wisdom of Donkeys; a book about love and cities, titled The Amateur; and a book inspired by the stories of Raymond Carver, titled What We Talk About When We Talk About Cities (and Love). His latest book, Marx Dead and Alive, was published by Monthly Review Press in November, 2020. Dr. Merrifield is currently working on a book on beyond plague urbanism.

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