Monthly Archives: June 2015

Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism – Reading Group

As part of Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre‘s two weeks of projects (10 – 26 July) exploring the construction of social spaces, we will be reading one chapter a day of David Harvey’s Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism on the Village Green (or an indoor location if the weather is very bad!)

Everyday we will have a fun and informal session discussing the ideas and themes of a chapter at 12 midday and a repeat at 8pm.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure you’ll be able to get through it all. The chapters are very short and we will be publishing a short ‘info sheet’ with some points to get us started, a local example that exemplifies them and an explanation of any specialist words. Though the chapter headings sound heavy don’t be put off as Harvey is very good at giving examples that make things clearer.

We hope that you will be able to join us as for as many days as you can but if you can’t you’ll also be able to participate in online discussion here on this blog.

Copies of the book can be bought online for under £10 or even cheaper for an ebook version. Sharing copies could reduce costs even further.


Day 1 Use Value and Exchange Value
Day 2 The Social Value of Labour and Its Representation by Money
Day 3 Private Property and the Capitalist State
Day 4 Private Appropriation and Common Wealth
Day 5 Capital and Labour
Day 6 Capital as Process or Thing?
Day 7 The Contradictory Unity of Production and Realisation Part Two: The Moving Contradictions
Day 8 Technology, Work and Human Disposability
Day 9 Divisions of Labour
Day 10 Monopoly and Competition: Centralisation and Decentralisation
Day 11 Uneven Geographical Developments and the Production of Space
Day 12 Disparities of Income and Wealth
Day 13 Social Reproduction
Day 14 Freedom and Domination
Day 15 Endless Compound Growth
Day 16 Capital’s Relation to Nature
Day 17 The Revolt of Human Nature: Universal Alienation