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Global Cities, Local Streets

Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai

By Sharon Zukin, Philip Kasinitz, Xiangming Chen

© 2016 – Routledge

230 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Global Cities, Local Streets: Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai, a cutting-edge text/ethnography, reports on the rapidly expanding field of global, urban studies through a unique pairing of six teams of urban researchers from around the world. The authors present shopping streets from each city – New York, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Berlin, Toronto, and Tokyo – how they have changed over the years, and how they illustrate globalization embedded in local communities. This is an ideal addition to courses in urbanization, consumption, and globalization..

The book’s companion website, www.globalcitieslocalstreets.org, has additional videos, images, and maps, alongside a forum where students and instructors can post their own shopping street experiences.

Reviews

Super-diversity increasingly characterizes neighborhoods throughout the world. Global Cities, Local Streets provides a systematic comparative examination of the ways growing diversification plays out in the ‘ecosystems’ of shopping districts and everyday experiences of shopkeepers and shoppers. The richly described cases and compelling theoretical insights give us a timely, new understanding of contemporary urban transformations.

- Steven Vertovec, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Beyond the apparently banal frame of "shopping streets" lies a dense network of expansive and parochial practices of exchange. Global Cities, Local Streets offers a compelling comparison across six cities, advancing new insights into the substance and methods of transnational research. This book is fine-grained contribution to the field of global urbanisation, and will be an invaluable teaching resource.

-Suzanne Hall, Department of Sociology & LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science

Focusing on local shopping streets in global cities as diverse as Amsterdam to Tokyo, this book examines the way the intimate and the transactional, the neighbourly and the far-flung, the familiar and the strange, as well as identity, belonging, moral ownership and social mobility, come together in constituting the life-worlds of local shopping streets. Offering a richly textured, kerb-side view of the way everyday civility, conviviality, cosmopolitanism and conflict play out, we are reminded that neither gentrification nor ghettoization are inexorable processes. Instead, kaleidoscopic diversity, shifting at every turn, seems to be that which nourishes and sustains the streets of our times.

-Brenda Yeoh, Geography, National University of Singapore

The powerfully evocative chapters in Global Cities, Local Streets got me walking the avenues in distant cities, ducking into stores, and lingering at street corners. […] The chapters on Amsterdam and Tokyo are the most engaging, because they are risky, opinionated, neither purely pedantic nor conceptually repetitive. [But if] the evocative chapters kept me reading, it was the sharp policy recommendation that was politically satisfying. And the research note at the end provided good advice on how to replicate such a project in transnational grounded theory.

-Krishnendu Ray, New York University in Contemporary Sociology (45, 6), 2016

Table of Contents

    1. Spaces of Everyday Diversity: The Patchwork Ecosystem of Local Shopping Streets by Sharon Zukin, Philip Kasinitz, and Xiangming Chen 2. From "Ghetto" to Global: Two Neighborhood Shopping Streets in New York City by Philip Kasinitz and Sharon Zukin 3. Commercial Development from Below: The Resilience of Local Shops in Shanghai by Hai Yu, Xiangming Chen, and Xiaohua Zhong 4. From Greengrocers to Cafés: Producing Social Diversity in Amsterdam by Iris Hagemans, Anke Hendriks, Jan Rath, and Sharon Zukin 5. Life and Death of the Great Regeneration Vision: Diversity, Decay, and Upgrading in Berlin’s Ordinary Shopping Streets by Christine Hentschel and Talja Blokland 6. Toronto’s Changing Neighborhoods: Gentrification of Shopping Streets by Katharine N. Rankin, Kuni Kamizaki and Heather McLean 7. Tokyo’s "Living" Shopping Streets: The Paradox of Globalized Authenticity by Keiro Hattori, Sunmee Kim, and Takashi Machimura 8. Local Shops, Global Streets by Philip Kasinitz, Sharon Zukin, and Xiangming Chen 9. Research Note: How to Put a Transnational Project Together by Sharon Zukin, Philip Kasinitz, and Xiangming Chen

About the Authors

Sharon Zukin is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and was a visiting professor in the Center for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2010-11. She has written three books about New York City: Loft Living, The Cultures of Cities, and Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places, as well as Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture. She won the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems for her book Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World.

Philip Kasinitz is presidential professor of sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include Caribbean New York: Black Immigrants and the Politics of Race, Metropolis: Center and Symbol of Our Time, Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of The New Second Generations, and The Urban Ethnography Reader. He is co-author of Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age, which received the 2010 Distinguished Publication Award from the American Sociological Association.

Xiangming Chen is the dean and director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies and Paul E. Raether distinguished professor of global urban studies and sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is also a distinguished guest professor in the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Fudan University in Shanghai. His (co-)authored and co-edited books include As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim, Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity, and Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General

Videos

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