David Harvey’s (and Karl Marx’s) 7 Activity Spheres

I am just going to list what Professor Harvey discussed in his recent book, Enigma of Capital, and A Companion to Marx’s Capital.  It is Professor Harvey assertion that revolutionary change cannot come from just activity center, as none of them are totally dominant.

1. technologies and organizational forms

2. social relations

3. institutional and administrative arrangements

4. production and processes

5. relations to nature

6. reproduction of daily life and of the species

7. mental conceptions of the world

 

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8 thoughts on “David Harvey’s (and Karl Marx’s) 7 Activity Spheres

  1. I was just thinking about Kabat-Zinn’s statement about the dynamic balance that is the health of the individual and of the commonweal. It just occurred to me that the tricky part is achieving a balanced co evolution of the seven activity spheres.

    If you look at today’s New York Times, so many articles are relevant to this discussion of dynamic balance: “City Misses out on Collecting Aid to Schools” discusses how millions of dollars in Medicaid payments were lost because the city could not properly document the cases. I was surprised in the comment section that much of the focus was not the losses for the DOE and therefore services to schoolchildren, but who should really pick up the tab. How do we align our institutional and administrative arrangements so that some crisis does not emerge? At the other side of the world. the people in the slum near Mumbai, Dharavi, are struggling against all odds to make a life.

    Do we need another mental conception, something more sophisticated than blind faith in the divine power of the market, to work out a better balance than these 2 stories indicate?

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