This text challenges the belief that cities will eventually disappear as territorial forms of social organization as new information technologies permit the articulation of social processes without regard for distance, arguing that the specific role of cities will become more important, and proposing that a dynamic and creative relationship be built up between the local and the global. In this way, cities will remain the focus of social organization, political management and cultural expression, equipped to deal with the enormous social and environmental problems of urbanization.
Table of Contents
Introduction * Globalization, Informationalization and Management of Cities * The Impact of Globalization on the Spatial and Social Structure of Cities * The City of Women * The Multicultural City * Cities as Political Agents * Urban Policies In Globalization * Strategic Plans and Metropolitan Projects * Metropolitan City Government * Cities in the World Scenario * Conclusion * References * Index
Jordi Borja is a member of the Municipal Government of Barcelona and was, until recently, Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Barcelona. Manel Castells is Professor of City and Regional Planning, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Center for Western European Studies at the University of California, Berkely.