On Marxism, pragmatism and critical urban studies

Gary H Bridge

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This paper explores the possibilities of philosophical pragmatism for critical theory in urban studies. It points to the philosophical connections between pragmatism and the mainstay of critical theory in urban studies – Marxism. The paper suggests how these philosophical roots as well as contemporary developments of pragmatism in social science (and in critical theory) open out the terrain of critical urban studies to make it more pluralist and democratic, theoretically and politically. The paper concludes by looking at some of the consequences of this pragmatic turn for critical urban theory.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • critical theory; Marxism; philosophical pragmatism; democracy; urban studies

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