Originally published in the SocialistWorker.org on October 2, 2012
Neil Smith: A Passionate Scholar and Socialist
Bill Roberts, a founding member of the ISO, and Hector Agredano, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, remember the life of a determined activist.
Neil Smith, the renowned scholar, beloved teacher and devoted activist, died on September 29 at the age of 58.
Neil is best known for his academic work. He was a professor of anthropology and geography at City University of New York. In particular, his writings on the patterns of social development in cities–drawing on history, economics, political and social theory, and ecological studies–are among the most prominent left- wing views on the subject.
But Neil will also be remembered as a committed socialist and activist.…