The book On the Rural: Economy, Sociology, and Geography by Henri Lefebvre, republished by Stuart Elden and Adam David Morton, is an invitation to rethink the practices of the capitalist mode of production of space and to value, in its fair dimension, the epistemological contributions that Lefebvre built in rural theory. This long-winded French Marxist sociologist, intellectual, and philosopher, whose work has come in and out of fashion several times, both in sociology, geography, and political science, left an extraordinarily extensive work that is well worth reviewing periodically, especially for those interested in themes that revolve not only around land ownership, the landowning class, land rent, agriculture but also subterranean and underwater resources, as well as ranching and early 20thcentury urbanization. Additionally, in this edition, the last two chapters offer empirical, conceptual, and crucial details of Lefebvre’s study of the Pyrenean valley of Campan. In short, rethinking urban growth, daily life, the agrarian community, and class consciousness is the urgent slogan advocated by the work in each of its 12 chapters.
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