Evaluate David Harvey’s Suggestion That We Should Adopt the Right to the City as Both a Working Slogan and Political Idea.

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Politics Year: 2 Student name: Danai Makoni Course: Politics 2 Student number: g11m4632 Lecturer: R. Pithouse Course: The Right To The City Plagiarism declaration: I have consulted the department policy on plagiarism and attach a signed plagiarism form. This work is my own. Question 1: Critically evaluate David Harvey’s suggestion that we should adopt the right to the city as both a working slogan and political idea. The essay seeks to establish and explain David Harvey’s concept of using the right to the city as a working slogan and political idea. Harvey is known for (2008; 23) introducing the concept of the right to the city as a working slogan (Harvey, 2008:23). Harvey explains how social inequality and…show more content…
Harvey (2008:32) says a unified struggle will allow a shift in policy makers. New policy will create a new group of who controls the spread of urbanization and how surplus will be used in the future in a way that will not disadvantage the majority (Harvey, 2008:32). The democratization of that right to the city as a political ideal is crucial as it will allow for the all people to have a say in how urbanization and how surplus investment is carried out(Harvey, 2008:32). The use of the right to the city as a working slogan creates awareness within the people to the effect that urbanization has had on the lower classes and how little it has negatively affected the wealthy (Harvey, 2008:35). This part of Harvey’s ideas is also supported by Marxist theorists who would state that a social movement will be resultant of the loss of false consciousness as the people become aware and begin to call into question “the subject/object relationship (Zibechi,2010:171)”.The ideals behind the working slogan will allow for a unified revolt which is necessary if the dispossessed are to gain their rights back (Harvey, 2008:35). Another valid point raised by Harvey (2008:37) is one that explains how power and wealth are succinctly linked and therefore result in those who have wealth having power to influence the government in ways that will benefit them financially. The use of the right to the city as a political idea

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