Analysis Of Henri Lefebvre's 'The Production Of Space'

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Henri Lefebvre in his book, The Production of Space, puts forward the proposition that space is a social product and this social space is produced within the social relations existing in the society. However, this concept is concealed by the illusion of transparency and the realistic illusion. He begins the book by going back to the history of space wherein space was perceived only in geometrical sense and it represented an empty area, but over time, many thinkers such as Descartes contributed towards shaping a more reasonable concept for space. Lefebvre further talks about the shift from the philosophy of space to the science of space. This idea was formed when mathematicians, disengaging themselves from philosophy seized space and time into their domain and sought to define the same in a seemingly absurd manner.…show more content…
Nonetheless, this field of study has succeeded only in producing descriptions of space and not provided an analytical status of space and has hence failed to provide the basis for science of space. They were unable to generate a knowledge of space but only supply a list of what exists in space. He further adds that the vigorous growth of semiology is also considered as a crucial reason for not being able to produce a complete and precise body of knowledge of space. Lefebvre concludes that these approaches provides an example of ‘present day society and its mode of production.’ He says that under this mode of production, division of labor takes place even in intellectual labor and the society in this process is under the authority of the state power. Through his analysis, he aims at assert

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