Policy Press

Spatializing Marcuse

Critical Theory for Contemporary Times

By Margath Walker

Published

Jul 25, 2022

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529211108

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 25, 2022

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529211122

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Spatializing Marcuse

This fresh appraisal of philosopher Herbert Marcuse’s work foregrounds the geographical aspects of one of the leading social and political theorists of the 20th century.  

Margath A. Walker considers how Marcusean philosophies might challenge the way we think about space and politics, and create new sensibilities. Applying them to contemporary geopolitics, digital infrastructure, and issues like resistance and immigration, the book shows how social change has been stifled, and how Marcuse’s philosophies could provide the tools to overturn the status quo. 

She demonstrates Marcuse’s relevance to individuals and society, and finds this important theorist of opposition can point the way to resisting oppressive forces within contemporary capitalism.

“Moving clearly between philosophy, social theory, and a range of contemporary examples, this is a compelling political and geographical account of why Herbert Marcuse’s work remains of enduring importance today.” Stuart Elden, University of Warwick

Margath A. Walker is Associate Professor in the Department of Geographic and Environmental Sciences and School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville.

Introduction: Why Not Demand the Impossible? Geography and Marcuse

Dimensionality Flattened

Mission Reconstruction

Trialectic Topologies of the Right Here, Not Yet and Over

False Binaries

New Sensibilities