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Name  Peter Marcuse
Role  Lawyer
Parents  Herbert Marcuse

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Books  Missing Marx, Is Australia different?, Social Housing: The German Experience, A German way of revolution
Grandparents  Gertrud Kreslawsky, Carl Marcuse
Similar People  Herbert Marcuse, Susan S Fainstein, Harold Marcuse

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Peter Marcuse (born November 13, 1928) is a German-American lawyer and professor emeritus of urban planning.


Marcuse is the son of philosopher and critical theorist Herbert Marcuse. He was born in Berlin and immigrated to the US in 1933 at the beginning of the Third Reich. He obtained a JD from Yale Law School (1952) and a PhD from UC Berkeley in City and Regional Planning (1972). He began his career as a lawyer in New Haven and Waterbury, Connecticut, where he served on the Board of Alderman and participated in the Freedom Summer in Mississippi in 1964. After he completed his Ph.D. he became a professor of urban planning at UCLA from 1972 until 1975 and at Columbia University from 1975 to 2003. He has written extensively on the right to the city and the Occupy movement.

Marcuse has three children with his wife Frances (née Bessler): novelist Irene Marcuse (born 1953), UC Santa Barbara history professor Harold Marcuse (born 1957), and Andrew Marcuse (born 1965).

Books and publications

  • Missing Marx: A Personal and Political Journal of a Year in East Germany, 1989-1990. Monthly Review Press. 1991. ISBN 0853458278. 
  • Of States and Cities: The Partitioning of Urban Space. Oxford University Press. 2002. ISBN 019829719X. 
  • Cities for People Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory. Taylor and Francis. 2011. 
  • Madden, David; Marcuse, Peter (2016). In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis. Verso Books. ISBN 9781784783549. 
  • References

    Peter Marcuse Wikipedia