New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: America's Global Cities

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A renowned scholar compares America's three global cities-now in paperback!

New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles-for all their differences, they are quintessentially American cities. They are also among the handful of cities on the earth that can be called "global." Janet L. Abu-Lughod's book is the first to compare them in an ambitious in-depth study that takes into account each city's unique history, following their development from their earliest days to their current status as players on the global stage.

Janet L. Abu-Lughod, professor emerita of sociology of Northwestern University and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, has been writing about and studying cities for more than fifty years. In 1999 she received the Robert and Helen Lynd Award for distinguished lifetime contributions to the study of cities.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Chicago, whose surrounding marshlands abounded in "wild onions," was wrested from Native tribes in 1795; Los Angeles County in the 1930s used a federal law allowing deportation of "indigent aliens" to expel tens of thousands of Mexican immigrants from the U.S. These are among the surprising historical footnotes to be found Abu-Lughod's revealing study of the forces of globalization that have swept three major American cities over the last century. A prolific sociologist and professor emerita (Northwestern University and Manhattan's New School for Social Research), Abu-Lughod singles out New York, Chicago and Los Angeles as America's "global cities" shaped by the increased importance of business services, a dichotomized class structure and the internationalization of commerce. Globalization, she insists, is much older than many scholars understand, with the seeds firmly in place in the mid-19th-century. A central thesis here is that, since 1973, the class and income gap between rich and poor Americans has widened sharply thanks to regressive government policies, cutbacks in entitlements and a tax system that shifts wealth upwards from the poor and the middle classes to corporations and the wealthy. The writing, which is unusually vigorous and incisive for so academic a tome, and the scores of photographs and maps, will secure a place for this book well beyond the drafting tables of aspiring city planners. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816633364
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Overview 1
Pt. I First Beginnings 17
2 The First Growth Cycle to 1820 19
3 Developments between the 1820s and the 1870s 35
Pt. II The Establishment of the Triumvirate: From Stock Market Crash (1873) to Stock Market Crash (1929) 59
4 New York Solidifies Its Character 70
5 Chicago Becomes Fordist 100
6 Los Angeles Becomes "Anglo" 133
Pt. III From the Depths of the Depression to Restructuring, 1930-70 165
7 A New York: A New Deal 178
8 Fordist Chicago: Down but Not Quite Out 212
9 Los Angeles Becomes Industrial 237
Pt. IV Restructuring the Global Economy: The Three Cities Today 269
10 The New York Region: Expanding, Contracting, and Restructuring 285
11 Postapocalypse Chicago 321
12 The Los Angeles Region Transformed 358
13 Conclusions and a Look to the Future 399
Notes 427
Index 555
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