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The World’s Cities offers instructors and students in higher education an accessible introduction to the three major perspectives influencing city-regions worldwide: City-Regions in a World System; Nested City-Regions; and The City-Region as the Engine of Economic Activity/Growth.
The book provides students with helpful essays on each perspective, case studies to illustrate each major viewpoint, and discussion questions following each reading. The World’s Cities concludes with an original essay by the editor that helps students understand how an analysis incorporating a combination of theoretical perspectives and factors can provide a richer appreciation of the world’s city dynamics.
About the Author
A. J. Jacobs is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in East Carolina University’s Department of Sociology. He was an Assistant Professor in the University of Cincinnati’s School of Planning, a Visiting Associate Professor in Hosei University’s Faculty of Business (in Tokyo, Japan), and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Michigan State University’s Urban Planning Program. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology–Urban Studies from Michigan State University and his Master’s in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.