Relocating Global Cities: From the Center to the Margins

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Drawing on eight case studies from key cities on the periphery of global cities literature, Relocating Global Cities argues that all cities are globalizing in important ways. Case studies of Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Manila, Tampa, Sydney, Brussels, and Caracas provide the basis for an alternative theoretical approach to global city formation. Reconciling a market-based understanding and an agency-based understanding of global cities, this book proposes that globalization and cities are mutually ...
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Overview

Drawing on eight case studies from key cities on the periphery of global cities literature, Relocating Global Cities argues that all cities are globalizing in important ways. Case studies of Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Manila, Tampa, Sydney, Brussels, and Caracas provide the basis for an alternative theoretical approach to global city formation. Reconciling a market-based understanding and an agency-based understanding of global cities, this book proposes that globalization and cities are mutually constituted by the global political economy engaging with transnational and local agents.

This volume proposes an alternate theoretical approach to the literature of globalization while remaining grounded in concrete discussions of key cities. Its expert contributors reconcile the conflicting ways in which two dominant paradigms, one emphasizing market forces and the other the unique actions of individuals and groups, embody our understanding of global cities. This book will be of interest to students and researchers alike and is a perfect complement to texts in urban studies and globalization.

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Editorial Reviews

Professional Geographer
Relocating Global Cities is a book that urban and economic geographers from all world regions should find of interest and relevance....The editors have succeeded in packaging the collected works into a worthwhile synthesis of data and perspectives on global cities and their evolution.
— Murray D. Rice
Economic Geography
This is an exemplary edited collection...This book is to be welcomed as a truly thoughtful addition to the growing literature on urban politics in both wealthy and poor cities. I enthusiastically recomment it to...readers.
Barry Gills
This excellent collection of studies of 'peripheral' globalizing of cities offers a fresh critical alternative to the reigning 'global' and 'world' cities perspectives. It will make compelling reading for all interested in the socio-spatial hierarchies and inequalities emerging in the new urban geography of global social relations. Crucially, this book offers an analytical antidote to economistic and depoliticized accounts of urban actors in 'negotiated' globalization processes today.
Professional Geographer - Murray D. Rice
Relocating Global Cities is a book that urban and economic geographers from all world regions should find of interest and relevance....The editors have succeeded in packaging the collected works into a worthwhile synthesis of data and perspectives on global cities and their evolution.
Manfred B. Steger
Analyzing the global social dynamics impacting world cities as diverse as Frankfurt, Manila, and Johannesburg, the essays compiled in this brilliant study represent a seminal contribution to the rapidly growing 'global cities' literature. Focused, innovative, and critical, this book advances our understanding of those complex and uneven processes that go by the name of globalization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742541214
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/4/2006
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Mark Amen is academic director for the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida and has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Government and International Affairs since 1982. Kevin Archer is associate professor and chair of the Department of Geography at the University of South Florida. M. Martin Bosman is assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Florida.
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Table of Contents

1 Thinking through global cities 1
2 In London's long shadow : Frankfurt in the European space of flows 23
3 Johannesburg 1986-2030 : a quest to regain world status 49
4 Bangkok : intentional world city 75
5 Laboring in the periphery : the place of Manila in the global economy 101
6 Place-imaging Tampa in the age of globalization 117
7 Gentrification, globalization, and governance : the reterritorialization of Sydney's city-state 139
8 Reluctant globalizers : the paradoxes of "glocal" development in Brussels 155
9 The processes underlying Caracas as a globalizing city 179
10 Reconsidering the social structuration of globalization 201
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