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2nd Edition

The Globalizing Cities Reader

Edited By

Xuefei Ren


Roger Keil

ISBN 9781138923690
Published November 29, 2017 by Routledge
512 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The newly revised Globalizing Cities Reader reflects how the geographies of theory have recently shifted away from the western vantage points from which much of the classic work in this field was developed.

The expanded volume continues to make available many of the original and foundational works that underpin the research field, while expanding coverage to familiarize students with new theoretical and epistemological positions as well as emerging research foci and horizons. It contains 38 new chapters, including key writings on globalizing cities from leading thinkers such as John Friedmann, Michael Peter Smith, Saskia Sassen, Peter Taylor, Manuel Castells, Anthony King, Jennifer Robinson, Ananya Roy, and Fulong Wu. The new Reader reflects the fact that world and global city studies have evolved in exciting and wide-ranging ways, and the very notion of a distinct "global" class of cities has recently been called into question. The sections examine the foundations of the field and processes of urban restructuring and global city formation. A large number of new entries focus on the emerging urban worlds of Asia, Latin America and Africa, including Beijing, Bogota, Cairo, Cape Town, Delhi, Istanbul, Medellin, Mumbai, Phnom Penh, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai. The book also presents cases off the conventional map of global cities research, such as smaller cities and less known urban regions that are undergoing processes of globalization.

The book is a key resource for students and scholars alike who seek an accessible compendium of the intellectual foundations of global urban studies as well as an overview of the emergent patterns of early 21st century urbanization and associated sociopolitical contestation around the world.

Table of Contents

List of Plates

Lists of figures

List of tables

List of contributors

Editor’s Introduction to Second Edition



Introduction to Part One

1.0 Prologue

The Metropolitan Explosion

Peter Hall

1.1 Divisions of Space and Time in Europe

Fernand Braudel

1.2 World City Formation: An Agenda for Research and Action

John Friedmann and Goetz Wolff

1.3 Locating Cities on Global Circuits

Saskia Sassen

1.4 Urban Specialization in the World System

Nestor Rodriguez and Joe Feagin

1.5 Accumulation and Comparative Urban Systems

John Walton

1.6 The World-System Perspective and Urbanization

Michael Timberlake

1.7 Global City Formation in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles: An Historical Perspective

Janet Abu-Lughod

1.8 Global and World Cities: A View from Off the Map

Jennifer Robinson

1.9 Space in the Globalizing City

Peter Marcuse


Introduction to Part Two

2.0 Prologue

Istanbul was our past, Istanbul is our future

Hamid Dabashi

2.1 The City as a Landscape of Power: London and New York as Global Financial Capitals

Sharon Zukin

2.2 Detroit and Houston: Two Cities in Global Perspective

Richard C. Hill and Joe Feagin

2.3 The Stimulus of a Little Confusion: A Contemporary Comparison of Amsterdam and Los Angeles

Edward Soja

2.4 Global City Zurich: Paradigms of Urban Development

Christian Schmid

2.5 From ‘State-Owned’ to ‘City Inc.’: The Re-territorialization of the State in Shanghai

Fulong Wu

2.6 The Dream of Delhi as a Global City

Veronica Dupont

2.7 ‘Fourth World’ Cities in the Global Economy: The Case of Phnom Penh

Gavin Shatkin

2.8 Medellín and Bogotá: The Global Cities of the Other Globalization

Eduardo Mendieta


Introduction to Part Three

3.0 Prologue

Specification of the World City Network

Peter Taylor

3.1 Local and Global: Cities in Network Society

Manuel Castells

3.2 Comparing London and Frankfurt as World Cities: A Relational Study of Contemporary Urban Change

Jonathan V. Beaverstock, Michael Hoyler, Kathryn Pain, and Peter J. Taylor

3.3 Global Grids of Glass: On Global Cities, Telecommunication and Planetary Urban Networks

Stephen Graham

3.4 Global Cities and the Spread of Infectious Disease: The Case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Toronto, Canada

S. Harris Ali and Roger Keil

3.5 Flying High (in the Competitive Sky): Conceptualizing the Role of Airports in Global City-Regions through ‘Aero-Regionalism’

Jean-Paul Addie

3.6 One Package at a Time: The Distributive World City

Cynthia Negrey, Jeffery L. Osgood, and Frank Goetzke

3.7 Global Cities between Biopolitics and Necropolitics: (In)Security and Circuits of Knowledge in the Global City Network

David Murakami-Wood

3.8 The Virtual Palimpsest of the Global City Network

Mark Graham

3.9 Relationality/territoriality: Toward conceptualization of cities in the world

Eugene McCann and Kevin Ward


Introduction to Part Four

4.0 Prologue

The Global City as World Order

Warren Magnusson

4.1 Globalization and the Rise of City-regions

Allen J. Scott

4.2 Global Cities, ‘Global States’: Global City Formation and State Territorial Restructuring in Contemporary Europe

Neil Brenner

4.3 Global Cities and Developmental States: Tokyo and Seoul

Richard Child Hill and June Woo Kim

4.4 World City Formation on the Asia Pacific Rim: Poverty, "Everyday" Forms of Civil Society and Environmental Management

Mike Douglass

4.5 New Globalism, New Urbanism: Gentrification as Global Urban Strategy

Neil Smith

4.6 Between World History and State Formation: New Perspectives on Africa’s Cities

Laurent Fourchard

4.7 The ‘Right to the City’: Institutional Imperatives of a Developmental State

Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse

4.8 Global Cities’ vs. ‘global cities:’ Rethinking Contemporary Urbanism as Public Ecology

Timothy W. Luke


Introduction to Part Five

5.0 Prologue

From Tahrir Square to Emaar Square: Cairo's private road to a private city

Mohamed Elshahed

5.1 Local Actors in Global Politics

Saskia Sassen

5.2 The Right to the City

David Harvey

5.3 Urban Social Movements in an Era of Globalization

Margit Mayer

5.4 São Paulo: The City and its Protest

Teresa Caldeira

5.5 Global City Building in China and its Discontents

Xuefei Ren

5.6 Between Ghetto and Globe: Remaking Urban Life in Africa

AbdouMaliq Simone

5.7 World Cities and Union Renewal

Steven Tufts

5.8 Blockupy Fights Back: Global City Formation in Frankfurt am Main after the Financial Crisis

Sebastian Schipper, Lucas Pohl, Tino Petzold, Daniel Mullis, and Bernd Belina


Introduction to Part Six

6.0 Prologue: High Culture and Hard Labor

Andrew Ross

6.1 World Cities: Global? Postcolonial? Postimperial? Or Just the Result of Happenstance? Some Cultural Comments

Anthony King

6.2 "Global Media Cities": Major Nodes of Globalising Culture and Media Industries

Stefan Kratke

6.3 Willing the Global City: Berlin’s Cultural Strategies of Inter-Urban

Competition after 1989

Ute Lehrer

6.4 The Transnational Capitalist Class and Contemporary Architecture in Globalizing Cities

Leslie Sklair

6.5 Shanghai Nightscapes and Ethnosexual Contact Zones

James Farrer and Andrew Field

6.6 Graffiti or Street Art? Negotiating the Moral Geographies of the Creative City

Cameron McAuliffe

6.7 Spaces and Networks of Musical Creativity in the city

Allan Watson, Michael Hoyler and Christoph Mager

6.8 Provincializing the Global City: From Bombay to Mumbai

Rashimi Varma


Introduction to Part Seven

7.0 Prologue

World City

Doreen Massey

7.1 The Global Cities Discourse: A Return to the Master Narrative?

Michael Peter Smith

7.2 External Urban Relational Processes: Introducing Central Flow Theory to Complement Central Place Theory

Peter J. Taylor, Michael Hoyler and Raf Verbruggen

7.3 Beyond the Global City Concept and the Myth of ‘Command and Control’

Richard G. Smith

7.4 World Cities under Conditions of Financialized Globalization: Towards an Augmented World City Hypothesis

David Bassens and Michiel van Meeteren

7.5 Can the Straw Man Speak? An Engagement with Postcolonial Critiques of ‘Global Cities Research’

Michiel van Meeteren, Ben Derudder, and David Bassens

7.6 Global Suburbanization

Roger Keil

7.7 What is Urban about Critical Urban Theory?

Ananya Roy

7.8 Planetary Urbanization

Neil Brenner and Christian Schmid

7.9 New Geographies of Theorizing the Urban: Putting Comparison to Work for Global Urban Studies

Jennifer Robinson

7.10 Governing the Informal in Globalizing Cities: Comparing China, India, and Brazil

Xuefei Ren

7.11 The Urban Revolution

Henri Lefebvre


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Xuefei Ren is Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University.

Roger Keil is York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto.