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From autonomous to autonomist geographies

Gray, Neil; Clare, Nick

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Neil Gray


Autonomist Marxist ideas and concepts are resurgent and, with their latent spatiality, are well placed to contribute to radical geographical debates. In particular, the methodology of ‘class composition’ analysis provides a rigorous, materialist critique of transforming capitalist social relations. This paper first provides vital historical–theoretical context from the milieu of Italian Operaismo, before emphasising the value of autonomist Marxist analyses of three contemporary geographical frontiers: labour process, migration, and social reproduction. It ultimately argues that the laudable motivations of the autonomous geographies project, explored in this very journal, would be better served through an explicitly materialist autonomist geography.


Gray, N., & Clare, N. (2022). From autonomous to autonomist geographies. Progress in Human Geography, 46(5), 1185-1206.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 26, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 12, 2022
Publication Date 2022-10
Deposit Date Jul 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 12, 2022
Journal Progress in Human Geography
Print ISSN 0309-1325
Electronic ISSN 1477-0288
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 5
Pages 1185-1206
Keywords Geography, Planning and Development
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