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Thinking Past Henri Lefebvre

by Adam David Morton on May 28, 2015

39078-1A translation of Henri Lefebvre’s 1956 essay ‘The Theory of Ground Rent and Rural Sociology’ is forthcoming in Antipode. The essay first appeared as “Théorie de la rente foncière et sociologie rurale”, in the Transactions of the Third World Congress of Sociology. It was later reprinted in Lefebvre’s collection Du rural à l’urbain in 1970.

The essay was translated by Matthew Dennis, and edited by Stuart Elden and me. We also wrote an introduction to the piece providing the background and linking it to a range of historical and contemporary debates, which is actually longer than the essay itself.

Stuart and I hope that this will be the first of a few pieces of Lefebvre’s rural writings to appear in English. Until now only a couple of pieces on this topic have been translated: one essay in Key Writings and one in the first volume of the Critique of Everyday Life.

You can read more about the overall project in a post for Progress in Political Economy: Why read a long dead French Marxist to think about land struggles today?

Adam David Morton
Adam David Morton is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He is author of Unravelling Gramsci: Hegemony and Passive Revolution in the Global Political Economy (2007); Revolution and State in Modern Mexico: The Political Economy of Uneven Development (2011), recipient of the 2012 Book Prize of the British International Studies Association (BISA) International Political Economy Group (IPEG); and co-author of Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis (2018) with Andreas Bieler. He co-edits Progress in Political Economy (PPE) with Gareth Bryant that was the recipient of the 2017 International Studies Association (ISA) Online Media Caucus Award for the Best Blog (Group) and the 2018 International Studies Association (ISA) Online Media Caucus Award for Special Achievement in International Studies Online Media.

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