Adam David Morton on spaces of uneven development and class struggle in Bolivia

Interesting piece by Adam David Morton at his For the Desk Drawer blog discussing a paper that is forthcoming in Antipode. Here’s one key paragraph:

A further concern pursued in our article is the issue of uneven and combined development and how this has informed and continues to shape Bolivian politics. David Harvey in The Limits to Capital prominently opined that historical materialism cannot exist without a solid appreciation of the dialectics of spatio-temporality, hence his agenda-setting advancement of historical-geographical materialism. One can add that much of the recent literature within historical sociology, despite spatial-temporal claims, fails to deliver spatial analysis of uneven and combined development. Historical sociology in this appearance can be recognised as aspatial meaning that geographical differences of spatial unevenness are squeezed into narratives of temporal sequencing through state trajectories of developmental catch-up. For example, Justin Rosenberg in a recent Review of International Studies article references the spatio-temporal character of uneven and combined development without examining the organisation of space, the spatial logistics of state power, or the contradictions of space. Space is ‘there’ but redundant and unexplored, a mere happenstance of developmental unevenness and combination.



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