Neil Smith (1954-2012)

The following short piece will appear in issue 5, due out shortly. A number of Neil’s pieces, listed below, have been made open access to enable more people to get a sense of the quality and breadth of his remarkable work at this sad time.

Shortly before this issue went to press, we were desperately saddened to hear of the untimely death of Neil Smith. Neil will be known to many readers of this journal as a co-editor between 1993 and 2003, as a regular contributor, and as a long-term supporter of the combination of geography, social theory, and politics that sustains this journal’s work.

Neil held posts in his native Scotland and in the United States, most recently as Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Neil was highly regarded for his truly original work in a number of fields, particularly in his wonderful books Uneven Development, The New Urban Frontier, American Empire and The Endgame of Globalization. He was known for his incisive analyses of contemporary events, many of which appeared in this journal as commentaries, as well as for his theoretically and historically informed work on the politics of space and place. He had a breadth of knowledge and range of interests that brought him into contact with many interlocutors. A regular book editor, he was known for his facilitating role in the discipline and beyond, as well as for his encouragement and support for scholars at all stages of their careers. He was a wonderful person as well as a brilliant scholar, warm and funny, incisive and generous. Neil was a critical geographer in all senses. He will be greatly missed.

The editors and staff

Open Access Pieces by Neil Smith

Neil Smith, 1987, “Of yuppies and housing: gentrification, social restructuring, and the urban dreamEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space 5(2) 151 – 172

Neil Smith, 2000, “Global SeattleEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space 18(1) 1 – 5

Neil Smith, 2001, “Scales of terror and the resort to geography: September 11, October 7Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 19(6) 631 – 637

Neil Smith, 2000, “What happened to class?Environment and Planning A 32(6) 1011 – 1032

Cindi Katz and Neil Smith, 2003, “An interview with Edward SaidEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space 21(6) 635 – 651

Neil Smith, 2007, “Another revolution is possible: Foucault, ethics, and politicsEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space 25(2) 191 – 193

Naomi Klein and Neil Smith, 2008, “The Shock Doctrine: a discussionEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space 26(4) 582 – 595

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20 thoughts on “Neil Smith (1954-2012)

  1. stuartelden says:

    Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:

    A brief tribute to Neil Smith, and seven open access papers from the archives of Environment and Planning A and Society and Space:

  2. […] Seven of Neil’s papers – six from Society and Space and one from Environment and Planning A – have been made available open access by Pion as a small tribute to Neil. They give a good sense of the quality and breadth of his work. You can access the papers, and a brief tribute notice to appear the next issue of Society and Space, here – http://societyandspace.com/2012/10/02/neil-smith-1954-2012/ […]

  3. […] Neil Smith (1954-2012) « Society and Space – Environment and Planning D. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this. […]

  4. […] won’t have come across him yet – I would like to recommend that you have a look at this page, kindly posted online by the people at Environment and Planning D, which has some of his papers on […]

  5. Reblogged this on multipliciudades and commented:
    Continuando con el recuerdo, Society and Space publica en abierto una buena colección de editoriales, entrevistas y artículos de Neil Smith.

  6. […] you can download his book Uneven Development there too. A number of Neil’s articles have also been made available to enable people to get a sense of the quality and breadth of his remarkable work at this sad time. […]

  7. […] R. Smith a long-term supporter of the combination of geography, social theory, and politics, born 1954 – died Sept […]

  8. […] the papers, and a brief tribute notice to appear the next issue of Society and Space, here – http://societyandspace.com/2012/10/02/neil-smith-1954-2012/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. Posted in: […]

  9. […] A trove of articles written over the years and published in the journal Environment and Planning D were made open access by the editors: http://societyandspace.com/2012/10/02/neil-smith-1954-2012/ […]

  10. […] and Planning D: Society and Space” made some of his writings open access. Find them here and his website with a lot of material here. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first […]

  11. hagredano says:

    Reblogged this on :transportgeo: and commented:
    A tribute to Neil Smith (1954-2012) by Society and Space EPD. Thanks friends.

  12. […] have been remembering their friend, teacher and comrade Neil Smith this week. The good people at Environment and Planning D: Society and Space have pulled together a superb set of Neil’s papers; there are obituaries from Neil’s […]

  13. […] Aquí podeu consultar els articles de Neil Smith en open acces Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. Aquesta entrada s'ha publicat en Conflictes, Economia, Economia política, Habitatge, Moviments socials, Polítiques Públiques i etiquetada amb Barcelona, elitització, gentrificació, Neil Smith. Afegiu a les adreces d'interès l'enllaç permanent. ← Huertos urbanos: repensando la ciudad y la alimentación […]

  14. […] to his work the editors and staff of Environment and Planning D have made some of his papers open access.   From: […]

  15. […] new issue of Society and Space is now available. The print version also includes the brief tribute to Neil Smith posted on this site. A subsequent issue will have a fuller tribute to Neil’s contribution to […]

  16. […] a particularly heartbreaking angle to this. The new EPD issue also arrives with a tribute to Neil Smith, who was a good friend and supervisor throughout graduate school – and, in fact, even before […]

  17. […] Pismo „Society and Space” udostępniło teksty Neila Smitha opublikowane na ich łamach (http://societyandspace.com/2012/10/02/neil-smith-1954-2012/) […]

  18. […] and Space published a virtual theme issue of Neil’s work; a collection of tributes in an open access forum, and posted Gordon MacLeod’s tribute on the […]

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