World Cities Beyond the West: Globalization, Development and Inequality

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Josef Gugler, Gugler Josef
Cambridge University Press, Oct 14, 2004 - Political Science - 396 pages
This study is the first systematically to cover those cities beyond the core that most clearly can be considered world cities: Bangkok, Cairo, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore. Fourteen leading authorities from diverse backgrounds bring their expertise to bear on these cities across four continents and consider the major regional and global roles they play in economic, political, and cultural life. Conveying how these cities have followed various pathways to their present position, they offer multiple perspectives on the interplay of internal and external forces and demonstrate that any comprehensive discussion of world cities has to engage a multiplicity of perspectives. With an introduction by Josef Gugler and an afterword from Saskia Sassen, this substantial volume makes a major contribution to the world cities literature and provides an important new impetus for further analysis.

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Shanghai remaking Chinas future global city
Seoul complementing economic success with Games
Bangkok evolution and adaptation under stress
Cairo too many people not enough land too few resources
Mexico City in an era of globalization and demographic downturn
The impact of the state
Moscows changing fortunes under three regimes
Hong Kongs pathway to becoming a global city
Jakarta globalization economic crisis and social change
The impact of popular movements
São Paulo the political and socioeconomic transformations wrought by the New Labor Movement in the city and beyond
BombayMumbai globalization inequalities and politics
Johannesburg race inequality and urbanization

Singapore forming the family for a world city

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Page 383 - ... organizational commodity," but also by disadvantaged sectors of the urban population, frequently as internationalized a presence in large cities as capitaL The denationalizing of urban space and the formation of new claims by transnational actors raise the question, "Whose city is it?
Page xiii - Saskia Sassen is the Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, and Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.

About the author (2004)

Josef Gugler is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Contemporary African Studies at the University of Connecticut. Much of his work focuses on urbanization in Africa and he has authored and co-authored numerous books and edited volumes including African Film: Re-Imagining a Continent (2003), Cities, Poverty, and Development: Urbanization in the Third World (with Alan Gilbert, 1992), and Urbanisation and Social Change in West Africa (with William G. Flanagan, 1978).

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