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The World's Cities

Contrasting Regional, National, and Global Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by A.J. Jacobs


424 pages

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The World’s Cities offers instructors and students in higher education an accessible introduction to the three major perspectives influencing city-regions worldwide: City-Regions in a World System; Nested City-Regions; and The City-Region as the Engine of Economic Activity/Growth.

The book provides students with helpful essays on each perspective, case studies to illustrate each major viewpoint, and discussion questions following each reading. The World’s Cities concludes with an original essay by the editor that helps students understand how an analysis incorporating a combination of theoretical perspectives and factors can provide a richer appreciation of the world’s city dynamics.


"The book does a great job of including three major, but usually separate, perspectives on urban studies. Leading authors are represented, such as Abu-Lughod, Friedmann, Hill, Sassen, Scott and Storper, and Short…. For undergraduate courses, the global view provided by the book is more important. Chapters on Asia and North America in all three parts, chapters on Mexico City, Johannesburg, and Dubai representing Latin America, Africa, and Middle East, respectively, and chapters on Europe primarily in Part III, are nicely balanced. " –Ed Malecki, Geography, Ohio State University

"The World’s Cities goes where other readers have not ventured. The variety of theoretical perspectives and cases is truly impressive. The book offers an enticing invitation to a dialogue about cities and regions across the world." Michael Indergaard, Sociology and Anthropology, St. John’s University

"This book provides a valuable framework and exemplars for understanding and analyzing the transformation of the world’s major cities in the era of globalization."–Michael Timberlake, Sociology, University of Utah

This is the volume for which the teachers of global cities courses have long been waiting. Jacobs mixes classic articles and theoretical perspectives with interesting case studies of Tokyo, Shanghai, Jakarta, London, Mexico City, New York, Toronto, and more--material to which students can actually relate. Jacobs has produced a most usable volume for the classroom!--Myron A. Levine, Urban Affairs, Wright State University

Cities no longer only serve and thrive locally and operate in highly complex regional and global environments. The World’s Cities is a compilation of contributions to three major schools of thought on how cities interact within their contexts, and what constitutes these contexts. Students and scholars of cities will find this book a great resource.--Mahyar Arefi, Planning, University of Cincinnati

"Making sense of a large, disparate, rapidly expanding literature, Jacobs provides an indispensable aid for students struggling to understand cities in economic globalization. Careful choice of key readings provides both critical introduction to the subject and insights into on-going debates."—Peter Taylor, Built and Natural Environment, Northumbria University

About the Editor

A. J. Jacobs is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in East Carolina University’s Department of Sociology. He was an Assistant Professor in the University of Cincinnati’s School of Planning, a Visiting Associate Professor in Hosei University’s Faculty of Business (in Tokyo, Japan), and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Michigan State University’s Urban Planning Program. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology–Urban Studies from Michigan State University and his Master’s in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

About the Series

The Metropolis and Modern Life

This series brings original perspectives on key topics in urban research to today's students in a series of short accessible texts, guided readers, and practical handbooks. Each volume examines how long-standing urban phenomena continue to be relevant in an increasingly urban and global world, and in doing so, connects the best new scholarship with the wider concerns of students seeking to understand life in the twenty-first century metropolis.

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Subject Categories

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