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Posted by Marshall Feldman <MARSH@URIACC.URI.EDU> >Posted by Wendy Plotkin <U20566@uicvm.uic.edu> > >I agree with Richard Harris' and Alan Mayne's endorsement of >"The Bicycle Thief," a remarkably personal film about post-war >Rome, although I see it as more of a commentary about industrial >society than the city (is there a Socialist theory of the city >antedating the works of David Harvey and Ira Katznelson, apart from >non-spatial theories of industrialization and of labor?) > Most definitely. Of course there's Engels' _The Housing Question_ and his _The Condition of the Working Class_ which talks about Manchester. During the 1920's architects and planners in the NSU (New Soviet Union) did quite a bit of work on socialism and cities. There's a book called _The Ideal Communist City_ (I believe) that discusses this work. Additionally, there's was quite a bit of "practical theory" in the utopian socialist communities associated with Owens and the like. Marx himself touches on the subject in numerous places in the _Grundrisse_ and _Capital_. I wouldn't call this A socialist theory of the city as much as a body of theory written from a socialist and historical materialist perspective. Besides the obvious socialist work, there's related stuff by people like the anarchist geographer, Kropotkin, and by people whose work is very consistent with the socialists' writings. For example, around the turn of the century someone (whose name escapes me now; I'm at home and I'll have to look it up when I go to office next week) wrote about transportation geography calling for a mode of thought linking it to the larger structure of society rather than as a separate entity in itself (as was and is common). Also check out Edel, Sclar, and Luria's _Shaky Palaces_ for the early 20th century debate among socialists in the US over the merits of working-class home ownership. One would also think sewer socialism was the subject of much political discourse, but I am less familiar with that literature. Marsh Feldman Community Planning Phone: 401/792-5953 204 Rodman Hall FAX: 401/792-4395 University of Rhode Island Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Kingston, RI 02881-0815 "Marginality confers legitimacy on one's contrariness."