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Henri Lefebvre on SpaceArchitecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory$
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Lukasz Stanek

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666164

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666164.001.0001

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Space as Concrete Abstraction

(p.133) 3 Critique
Henri Lefebvre on Space

Łukasz Stanek

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the perception of Henri Lefebvre on the concept of space. Anchoring his argument on the analysis of Marx on commodity and labor, Lefebvre states that space is one of the universal forms of social practice. He said space has a paradoxical quality of being both abstract and concrete at the same time. This chapter provides numerous explanations on these aspects of space. It also interrogates the position of empirical research within his general theory of space.

Keywords:   Henri Lefebvre, Karl Marx, social practice, commodity, labor

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