(Re)Conceptualizing Rent

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Dr. Matthew Anderson


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This presentation is part of a broader thesis that utilizes the theoretical framework of land rent theory. Critical rent theory has been a topic of keen interest and debate among critical scholars and urban theorists over the last fifty years due to its fundamental ties with political economy through the complex interrelationships between land, labor and capital that mark the increasingly dynamic and turbulent urban landscape. Yet, engagement in the rent literature has dwindled over the last thirty years, marking a period of division and unrest within the scholarly community. This has been problematic in that rent is intimately tied to political economy and has a profound impact on many of our everyday lives. Since the 1990s the factionalization between theorists has left a gap in recent literature that, for the most part, fails to unify scholars under one overarching theory of land rent. After a brief discussion of the relevance and importance of studying rent, this presentation examines some of the basic tenets of land rent theory, including some of the myriad ways that rent can be both categorically conceptualized and centered as a site for class struggle. I finish the presentation with my own proposal for a typological reconceptualization of rent that not only unifies the theory, but offers a framework through which future studies may be conducted.

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