Fixing Crises

Ben Fine

As some of you may have guessed, I take my title from David Harvey’s notion of “fix”; that the accumulation of capital is a value process that orders and reorders (or fixes) each and every aspect of economic and social life. This is not to be rigid or deterministic. Of course, Harvey’s inspiration came from within the field of geography and has inspired considerable scholarship over and above his own, both within this discipline and others. In the first instance, as geographer, his concern was with the (re)construction of space or the built environment in the process of accumulation. Subsequently, he has discussed other fixes such as for finance, and he might also have thought of his own understandings of the new imperialism, neo-liberalism and accumulation by dispossession as contemporary fixes for the modern era.

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