Los Angeles School of Urbanism
In the early 1980s, I took the first tentative steps toward broadening and deepening my understanding of social theory and its relation to public policy and city planning practice. As it turned out, this initiative has occupied a good deal of my attention ever since. I began with the theory of the state and welfare state, which I believed was essential in explaining the tangle of issues that lay behind issues of mental health care and homelessness. I became the founding editor of an academic journal focused on the society/ space interface, at the same time that I was caught up in the rise of the Los Angeles School of Urbanism. For eight years, I led a think tank devoted to understanding Southern California as a critical lens for developing urban theory and public policy. Read more.
Los Angeles School
M. Dear, City & Community 1(1) 2002, 5-32.
M. Dear & S. Flusty, Annals, Association of American Geographers 1998, 88 (1), 50-72.
M. Dear et al. Urban Geography, 2008, 29 (2), 101-112.
M. Dear, Volume 4 of the Atlas of Southern California, University of Southern California, 2001.
M. Dear and A.J. Scott (eds.), Urbanization and Urban Planning in Capitalist Society, 1981, 3-16.
Theory in Geography + City Planning
M. Dear. Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, 1988, NS 13(3), 262 274.
M. Dear. Society and Space, 4, 1986, 367 384
M. Dear. Society & Space, 7(4), 1989, 449-462.