Transnational spatial relations offer a key point from which to study the geographies of contemporary globalization. This book assesses the possible cross-fertilization between two of the most notable analytical frameworks in this area: the World City Network (WCN) framework, in which researchers have studied the emergence of a globalized urban system; and secondly, the Global Commodity Chain (GCC) framework, in which researchers have scrutinized the interconnected functions, operations and transactions through which specific goods are produced, distributed and consumed in a globalized economy.
Both literatures have emerged as critiques of conventional, state-centric social science interpretations of their subject matters, and they both propose what might be called 'global network alternatives'. Bringing together contributions of key researchers from human geography, economics, and sociology, the editors take advantage of this parallel to investigate how both models may benefit from each other.
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About the Author
Ben Derudder is Professor of Human Geography at GhentUniversity. He is also Associate Director of the Globalization andWorld Cities research group and network (GaWC). His researchfocuses on the conceptualization and empirical analysis oftransnational urban networks, the importance of business travel inthe space economy, and the impact of the globalization of transportand production on urban development.
Frank Witlox is Professor of Economic Geography at GhentUniversity. He is also Associate Director of the Globalization andWorld Cities group and network (GaWC), and a visiting professor atthe Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA).His research focuses on transport economics and geography, citylogistics, world cities and globalization, and urban planning.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors vii
1 World Cities and Global Commodity Chains: an introduction Ben Derudder Frank Witlox 1
2 World City Networks and Global Commodity Chains: towards a world-systems' integration Ed Brown Ben Derudder Christof Parnreiter Wim Pelupessy Peter J. Taylor Frank Witlox 15
3 Global cities in Global Commodity Chains: exploring the role of Mexico City in the geography of global economic governance Christof Parnreiter 43
4 City networks and commodity chains: identifying global flows and local connections in Ho Chi Minh City Ingeborg Vind Niels Fold 65
5 Cities, material flows and the geography of spatial interaction: urban places in the system of chains Markus Hesse 91
6 Integrating world cities into production networks: the case of port cities Wouter Jacobs Cesar Ducruet Peter De Langen 111
7 Intra-firm and extra-firm linkages in the knowledge economy: the case of the emerging mega-city region of Munich Stefan Lüthi Alain Thierstein Viktor Goebel 137
8 Making connections: Global Production Networks and World City Networks Neil M. Coe Peter Dicken Martin Hess Henry Wai-Cheung Yeung 165
9 Global inter-city networks and commodity chains: any intersections" Saskia Sassen 179
What People are Saying About This
"The Global Commodity Chain framework looks at the interconnected functions, operations, and transactions through which specific commodities are produced, distributed, and consumed. The purpose here is to assess the possible cross-fertilization of the two in order to strengthen the critique of conventional state-centric social science that both engage in separately. Contributors whose disciplines are not revealed - presumably economists and geographers like the editors - consider such topics as exploring the role of Mexico City in the geography of global economic governance, urban places in the system of chains, and intra-firm and extra-firm linkages in the knowledge economy as exemplified by the emerging mega-city where Munich once stood." (Reference and Research Book News, February 2011)