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Engels' Critical Thought on Space and Its Contemporary Value —— Perspectives Based on The Condition of the Working-Class in England

Engels's publication, The Condition of the Working-Class in England (referred to as The Condition), is a significant exploration of his new worldview, containing rich and profound spatial critique. It holds an important position in the history of Marxist development. Throughout the writing process of this work, Engels referred to a large amount of data and had conversations with the workers. He elucidated the issues of capital accumulation and expansion from the dimensions of regional and global expansion of capitalism. He explored the changes in capitalist cities and rural areas from the dimensions of the urban-rural divide and urban expansion. He revealed the impact of rapid capitalist development on the working class from the dimension of the deterioration of the working class's production and living spaces. The analysis of these three dimensions collectively constitutes a critique of capitalism and has profound implications for spatial critique. Engels' research fully focuses on spatial entities such as cities, factories, and residences, integrating his thoughts on productive forces and relations into these spatial forms. He made significant contributions to the formation of a historical materialist spatial perspective, and his work profoundly reveals the spatial living conditions of the British working class, which is conducive to awakening the working class and has important significance for spatial research methodology.

Engels, Spatial Critical Thought, Historical Materialism

APA Style

Jiawei, Z. (2023). Engels' Critical Thought on Space and Its Contemporary Value —— Perspectives Based on The Condition of the Working-Class in England. Social Sciences, 12(6), 269-274. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ss.20231206.12

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Jiawei, Z. Engels' Critical Thought on Space and Its Contemporary Value —— Perspectives Based on The Condition of the Working-Class in England. Soc. Sci. 2023, 12(6), 269-274. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20231206.12

AMA Style

Jiawei Z. Engels' Critical Thought on Space and Its Contemporary Value —— Perspectives Based on The Condition of the Working-Class in England. Soc Sci. 2023;12(6):269-274. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20231206.12

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