Friedmann perceives a global crisis which he traces to the dissolution of territorial relations. This he believes results from penetration of the global system of markets into the remotest corners of the world, undermining tradition cultures and ways of life. The consequence is incipient breakdown, he asserts, and we need to repoliticize space and subordinate the power of capital to the collective will of people organized to work toward common ends. This deliberately provocative collection of essays includes an autobiographical fragment providing contextual information about the author.
John Friedmann is professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. He spent more than a dozen years as a policy adviser in Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Korea, and Japan. Among his best known books are Regional Development Policy and Planning in the Public Domain.