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Thinking Allowed - Cities

Updated Wednesday 4th July 2012

David Harvey visits the Thinking Allowed studios this week to talk about cities. Read our exclusive article about city neighbourhood rebellions 

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From the Paris Commune to the 'Right to the City', cities have long been the centre of utopian dreams and protests. They have generated riches, destitution, celebration and organised and often violent protest. Professor David Harvey, the acclaimed social geographer, talks to Laurie Taylor about the urban roots of the contemporary capitalist crisis and the vision of a city for all. They're joined by the sociologist, Sophie Watson.

In her exclusive article for OpenLearn, Melissa Butcher, a lecturer in the Open University's Department of Geography, wonders if her neighbourhood rebelled and declared itself the Free Republic of Hackney, removing itself from power relationships, would the community be any better off?

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