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Globalization, Modernity and the City

By John Rennie Short Copyright 2012
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    318 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    We live in a world of big cities. Urbanization, globalization and modernization have received considerable attention but rarely are the connections and relations between them the subjects of similar attention. Cities are an integral part of the network of globalization and important sites of modernization.

    Globalization, Modernity and The City weaves together broad social themes with detailed urban analysis to explore the connections between the rise of big cities, the creation of a global network and the making of the modern world. It explains the growth of big cities, the urban bias of global flows and the creation of metropolitan modernities. The text develops broad theories of the subtle and complex interactions between urbanization, globalization and modernization in a sweep of the urban experience across the globe. Thematic chapters explore the making of the modern city in profiles of the growth of urban spectaculars, the role of flanerie, the traffic issues of the modernist city, recurring issues of urban utopias and the rise of the primate city.

    Detailed case studies are drawn from cities in Australia, China and the USA. Urban snapshots of cities such as Atlanta, Barcelona, Istanbul, Mumbai and Seoul provide a truly global coverage. The book links together broad social themes with deep urban analysis. This well-written, accessible and illustrated text will appeal to the broad audience of all those interested in the urban present and the metropolitan future.

    Preface  Part 1: Global Generalities  1. The Third Urban Revolution  2. The Late Modern Wave of Globalization  3. Metropolitan Modernities  Part 2: Thematic Specificities  4. Urban Spectaculars: World Fairs and Summer Olympics  5. Flânerie and The Globalizing City  6. Traffic, Accidents and The Modern City  7. Modernity and Urban Utopias: The Early Bauhaus  8. Big City  Part 3: City Particularities  9. Alice Springs/Mparntwe: The Postcolonial Creative City  10. Shanghai: The Reglobalizing City  11. Megalopolis: The Liquid City  Part 4: Urban Utopias  12. Postscript


    John Rennie Short is Professor of Geography and Public Policy at the University of Maryland (UMBC), USA.

    "The book is veritably enjoyable to read, and Short’s jargon-free writing style makes it accessible to non-academic audiences, despite its formal structure. Furthermore, the author’s consistently strong argumentation is complementednicely by the depth of his familiarity with real world examples. The book is certainly a great starting point for scholars with a serious interest in these debates and how these three grand narratives unfold in the real world." Thomas Sigler - Gustavus Adolphus College