Where to start with reading Henri Lefebvre?

Progressive Geographies

[The most recent version of this guide can be found here.]

This comes in response to a question to me on Twitter. Where should you start with Henri Lefebvre?

the-production-of-space-21054272I think many people, especially in Geography, go to The Production of Space. That’s a major work, certainly, but I don’t think it’s a good place to start. It’s a difficult book, which was Lefebvre’s writing up – the theoretical culmination – of several years working on urban and, earlier, rural questions. All-too-often it is read through the lens of the first chapter – a broad, conceptual schema – and not balanced by the much more historical study found in later chapters. I’ve heard several people say that this was the first, and last, thing of Lefebvre they read, or started to read. Any serious engagement with Lefebvre has to come to terms with this book, but it’s not…

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