Geographies of the Super-Rich

Geographies of the Super-Rich

by Iain Hay (Editor)


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This timely and path-breaking book brings together a group of distinguished and emerging international scholars to critically consider the geographical implications of the world’s super-rich, a privileged yet remarkably overlooked group.
Emerging from this unique collection is an enlightening picture of the influence of the super-rich over a diverse range of affairs, extending from the shape of urban and rural landscapes to the future of art history. By concentrating on those at the apex of the economic pyramid, this book provides valuable insights to the institutions, practices and cultural values of our society, as well as allowing us a more comprehensive view of the consequences of global capitalism. Presenting case studies from across the globe – from Singapore to St Barts, London to Lexington – the spatial and cultural span of the book is wide-ranging and diverse.
This truly unique book will prove a fascinating read for academics, researchers and students in the fields of geography, regional and urban studies, sociology, political science and development studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782540267
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 11/14/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Edited by Iain Hay, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Flinders University, Australia

Table of Contents

Foreword: From Kosrae to Kensington: Uncovering Cartographies of Abundance
Iain Hay
1. Establishing Geographies of the Super-Rich: Axes for Analysis of Abundance
Iain Hay
2. Economic Wealth and Political Power in the Second Gilded Age
John Rennie Short
3. Overseeing the Fortunes of the Global Super-Rich: The Nature of Private Wealth Management in London’s Financial District
Jonathan V. Beaverstock, Sarah J.E. Hall and Thomas Wainwright
4. ‘The World Needs a Second Switzerland’: Onshoring Singapore as the Liveable City for the Super-Rich
Choon-Piew Pow
5. ‘Super-Rich’ Irish Property Developers and the Celtic Tiger Economy
Laurence Murphy and Pauline McGuirk
6. The Homes of the Super-Rich: Multiple Residences, Hyper-mobility and Decoupling of Prime Residential Housing in Global Cities
Chris Paris
7. A Study of the Dominance of the Super-Wealthy in London’s West End During the Nineteenth Century
Kathryn Wilkins
8. The Elite Countryside: Shifting Rural Geographies of the Transnational Super-Rich
Michael Woods
9. The Super-Rich, Horses and the Transformation of a Rural Landscape in Kentucky
Susan M. Roberts and Richard H. Schein
10. The Sport of Kings, Queens, Sheiks and the Super-Rich: Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing as Leisure for the Super-Rich
Phil McManus
11. Making Art History – Wealthy Private Collectors and Contemporary Visual Art
Melanie Fasche
12. Islanders, Immigrants and Millionaires: The Dynamics of Upper-Class Segregration in St. Barts, French West Indies
Bruno Cousin and Sébastien Chauvin

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