Metroengelsizm, czyli o Engelsowskich korzeniach krytycznych badań nad miastem
Metroengelsism or On Engelsian Roots of Critical Urban Studies
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The paper is a part of a wider discussion regarding such problems as the right to the city, spatial justice or gentrifi cation. Drawing from the Marxist tradition, the article focuses especially on the heritage of Frederick Engels and the analysis of his crucial “urban” writings: The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845) and The Housing Question (1872). On the one hand the article offers relatively literal reconstruction of Frederick Engels’ views and their evolution. In this regard it focuses on a description of numerous practices of depriving the working classes of the rights to the city (e.g. miserable conditions of living, cottage system as a form of social control). On the other hand the paper translates these classic views into the contemporary sociological language and imagination, putting them into the context of such practices as spatial (in)justice or gentrifi cation.
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