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Global Cities Reader / Edition 1

Global Cities Reader / Edition 1

by Roger Keil


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Global Cities Reader / Edition 1

Providing the first comprehensive survey of new interdisciplinary scholarship on globalized urbanization, this important volume contains fifty selections from classic writings by authors such as John Friedmann, Michael Peter Smith, Saskia Sassen, Peter Taylor, Manuel Castells and Anthony King, as well as major contributions by other international scholars of global city formation.

Classic and contemporary case studies of globalizing cities serve to illuminate global city theory within Europe, North America and East Asia, whilst contributing authors explore key topics including:

  • the histories and geographies of globalized urbanization
  • the social and economic order of globalizing cities
  • pathways of globalized urbanization in the older industrialized world, the developing world and on the ‘margins’ of the world economy
  • state restructuring, urban governance and socio-political contestation in globalizing cities
  • culture, identity and representation in globalizing cities
  • emerging issues and debates in contemporary research on globalized urbanization.

Containing wide-ranging discussions on major theories, methods, themes and debates, and a combination of theoretical and methodological contributions, comparative analyses and detailed case studies, this key textbook will appeal to a broad interdisciplinary readership at undergraduate and graduate levels in urban, globalization, development, cultural, and environmental studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900415323450
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Series: Routledge Urban Reader Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Neil Brenner is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies Program, New York University.

Roger Keil is Professor in the Faculty in Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto.

Table of Contents

List of platesxiv
List of contributorsxv
Editors' introduction: global city theory in retrospect and prospect1
Part 1Global City Formation: Emergence of a Concept and Research Agenda17
Introduction to Part One19
1Prologue: "The Metropolitan Explosion"23
2"Divisions of Space and Time in Europe"25
3"Urban Specialization in the World System: An Investigation of Historical Cases"32
4"Global City Formation in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles: An Historical Perspective"42
5"The New International Division of Labor, Multinational Corporations and Urban Hierarchy"49
6"World City Formation: An Agenda for Research and Action"57
7"The World City Hypothesis"67
Part 2Structures, Dynamics and Geographies of Global City Formation73
Introduction to Part Two75
8Prologue: "100-mile Cities"80
9"Cities and Communities in the Global Economy"82
10"Locating Cities on Global Circuits"89
11"World-city Network: A New Metageography?"96
12"Global Cities and Global Classes: The Peripheralization of Labor in New York City"104
13"Inequality in Global City-regions"111
14"Global Grids of Glass: On Global Cities, Telecommunications and Planetary Urban Networks"118
Part 3Local Pathways of Global City Formation: Classic and Contemporary Case Studies127
Introduction to Part Three129
15Prologue: "Cities, the Informational Society and the Global Economy"135
16"The City as a Landscape of Power: London and New York as Global Financial Capitals"137
17"The Urban Restructuring Process in Tokyo in the 1980s: Transforming Tokyo into a World City"145
18"Detroit and Houston: Two Cities in Global Perspective"154
19"Global City Zurich: Paradigms of Urban Development"161
20"Global Cities and Developmental States: New York, Tokyo and Seoul"170
21"The Stimulus of a Little Confusion: A Contemporary Comparison of Amsterdam and Los Angeles"179
Part 4Globalization, Urbanization and Uneven Development: Perspectives on Global City Formation in/from the Global South187
Introduction to Part Four189
22Prologue: "A Global Agora vs. Gated City-regions"194
23"Building, Architecture, and the New International Division of Labor"196
24"The World City Hypothesis: Reflections from the Periphery"203
25"'Fourth World' Cities in the Global Economy: The Case of Phnom Penh, Cambodia"210
26"Global and World Cities: A View from off the Map"217
27"Globalization and the Corporate Geography of Cities in the Less-developed World"224
28"Sao Paulo: Outsourcing and Downgrading of Labor in a Globalizing City"238
Part 5Contested Cities: State Restructuring, Local Politics and Civil Society247
Introduction to Part Five249
29Prologue: "The Global City as World Order"256
30"Global Cities, 'Glocal' States: Global City Formation and State Territorial Restructuring in Contemporary Europe"259
31"World City Formation on the Asia-Pacific Rim: Poverty, 'Everyday' Forms of Civil Society and Environmental Management"267
32"'Global Cities' vs. 'global cities': Rethinking Contemporary Urbanism as Public Ecology"275
33"The Neglected Builder of Global Cities"282
34"The Globalization of Frankfurt am Main: Core, Periphery and Social Conflict"288
35"Urban Social Movements in an Era of Globalization"296
Part 6Representation, Identity and Culture in Global Cities: Rethinking the Local and the Global305
Introduction to Part Six307
36Prologue: "Towards Cosmopolis: A Postmodern Agenda"311
37"The Cultural Role of World Cities"313
38"World Cities: Global? Postcolonial? Postimperial? Or Just the Result of Happenstance? Some Cultural Comments"319
39"'Global Media Cities': Major Nodes of Globalizing Culture and Media Industries"325
40"Willing the Global City: Berlin's Cultural Strategies of Inter-urban Competition after 1989"332
41"Exploring Colombo: The Relevance of a Knowledge of New York"339
42"Culturing the World City: An Exhibition of the Global Present"346
Part 7Emerging Issues in Global Cities Research: Refinements, Critiques and New Frontiers353
Introduction to Part Seven355
43Prologue: "Whose City is it?"360
44"Space in the Globalizing City"361
45"Globalization and the Rise of City-regions"370
46"The Global Cities Discourse: A Return to the Master Narrative?"377
47"Immigration and the Global City Hypothesis: Towards an Alternative Research Agenda"384
48"Pathways to Global City Formation: A View from the Developmental City-state of Singapore"392
49"World City Topologies"400
50"The Urban Revolution"407
Illustration credits415
Copyright information417

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'The book captures the diversity of recent debates and some of the controversy, including contributions from those scholars who find the global city concept has some basis on reality and those who are more sceptical.' Edition 22.1 of Planning Practice and Research

'This edited volume is a must-have for urban researchers, and by far the best option for anyone teaching a course on global cities.' Ben Derudder, Cities

'For me the success of this particular volume lies entirely in its ability to ride against the conventional view. There is no other global cities book on the market that can dispense with so much material and yet retain such a strong context.' - Economic Geography Research Group

'The Global Cities Reader is another welcome title to the Routledge Urban Reader Series and forms an invaluable collection of key narratives for any student or academic interested in the multiplicity of debates surrounding globalization and its impact upon the physical, economic, cultural and social nature of cities' - Progress in Human Geography 31(1)

'Written by the very scholars who have shaped our understanding of global cities, there is no book currently on the market that comes close to matching The Global Cities Reader for its breadth of coverage and the ease at which the material can be accessed. When it comes to introducing the conceptual elements of global cities, The Global Cities Reader is an invaluable gateway for newcomers to global cities research, and provides the starting point for understanding this dynamic, diverse, and distinguished research field.' - Dr John Harrison, Loughborough University, UK for The Economic Research Group of RGS-IBG

'The editors provide key input not just through their selection, but also through an excellent introductory essay, by providing introductions to each part to set readings in context, and by supplying long bibliographies in each part....This is a very accessible volume for everybody with an interest in what is happening to contemporary cities.' - Peter J. Taylor, Loughborough University, UK for The Journal of the American Planning Association

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