(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1984)

Document title

The geographical transfer of value: notes on the spatiality of capitalism

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



A critical evalution of two dominant lines of thought, the autonomous or semiautonomous development thesis and the transfer-of-surplus-development thesis, is presented. A third approach, based on the notion of the geographical transfer of value, an attempt to use the labor theory of value in geographical terms, is also introduced. This view is further elaborated by focusing first on the articulation of production and circulation, second on state and local state intervention in this articulation, and third on the contradiction between equalization and differentiation. A special emphasis is given to the determinant role of class struggle and to the absence of any "iron laws of motion of capitalism".


Article of periodic

published at : Society and space London

Editor :

Millesime : 1984, vol. 2, no3 [pp. 329-345]

Bibliographic references : 91 réf.



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