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Cities in a World Economy

Cities in a World Economy

Fourth Edition

© 2012 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Fourth Edition of Cities in a World Economy shows how certain characteristics of flows of money, information, and people have led to the emergence of a new social formation: global cities, new types of migrations, financial crises, environmental catastrophes, and the multiplication of communication technologies. These developments give new meaning to such fixtures of urban sociology as the centrality of place and the importance of geography in our social world.
Chapter 1. Place and Production in the Global Economy
Chapter 2. The Urban Impact of Economic Globalization
Chapter 3. National and Transnational Urban Systems
Chapter 4. The New Urban Economy: The Intersection of Global Processes and Place
Chapter 5. Issues and Case Studies in the New Urban Economy
Chapter 6. The New Inequalities Within Cities
Chapter 7. Global Cities and Global Survival Circuits
Chapter 8. The Urbanizing of Global Governance Challenges
Chapter 9. A New Geography of Centers and Margins

“No other book locates cities (as distinct but changing settlement forms and institutional arrangements) in the world economy so clearly and concisely.”

Renia Ehrenfeucht
University Of New Orleans

“I enjoy teaching with this book. It is much more challenging than a traditional textbook, and students learn about globalization, post-industrialization, stratification, gender and race inequality, and of course the importance of urbanization and the rise of global cities.”

Stephanie Moller
University Of North Carolina-Charlotte

Excellent general text. I put this on the 'Recommended' reading list, and also recommended it to a collegue teaching Urban Geography next semester.

Mr Joshua R Rodd
Geography Dept, Middlebury College
December 14, 2015

Higher level than I could use for Sophomores and even Juniors. I may use it for my "World Society" course I am teaching in Summer 2014.

Too much text made it challenging to implement as readings.

Mr Mark Caldwell
Sociology Dept, Univ Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
February 28, 2014

A very highly recommended book for any student of urban and economic geography.

Dr Diganta Das
Humanities and Social Studies, National Institute of Education (NIE)
October 24, 2013
Key features

New To This Edition

  • NEW! Chapter 8 has been added to analyze the challenges and vulnerabilities facing major cities and focuses on three major challenges: (1) the environment, (2) global financial crisis, and (3) asymmetric war
  • Appends five chapters with end-of-chapter appendixes, which contain more maps, tables, and figures
  • Introduces a new section in Chapter 3 on global migrations
  • Contains a new section in Chapter 4 on comparing global cities around in the world
  • Presents three new case studies in Chapter 5: (1) comparing Shanghai and Hong Kong, (2) the Gulf States, and (3) Istanbul

Key Features

  • Taking a multidisciplinary perspective, this book features a cross-disciplinary approach to Urban Sociology using global examples. With both depth and clarity, this book examines the impact of global processes on the social structure of cities helping students increase their world awareness. In addition, the book strikes the perfect balance between maintaining academic rigor and employing new and innovative concepts.
  • Incorporates the most recent data: This new edition updates nearly every piece of data with the most recent facts and figures available. In addition, this book introduces new concepts for understanding contemporary urban sociology.
  • Chapter 7 on Global Cities and Global Survival Circuits discusses the highly gendered and unequal nature of the global city and how it forces the underprivileged to live a dangerous and unpredictable life on global survival circuits.

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