Global Metropolitan

Globalizing Cities in a Capitalist World

By John Rennie-Short

© 2004 – Routledge

160 pages

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About the Book

Exploring the connections between globalization and urbanization, this notable book places particular emphasis on understanding the economic function of global cities, the political process of globalizing cities, and the cultural significance of cosmopolitan cities.

The book explores the meaning of the globalizing project in cities:

  • the maintaining, securing and increasing of urban economic competitiveness in a global world
  • the reimagining of the city
  • the rewriting of the city for both internal and external audiences
  • the construction of new spaces and the hosting of new events.

Specific chapters look at the significance of signature architects, the hosting of the Summer Olympics and the role of the super-rich. The main thesis of the book is that this discourse of globalizing is a major force in the restructuring of cities around the world.


'A Comprehensive and accessible text that is a welcome contribution to the world cities literature in general and Routledge's "Questioning Cities" series in particular.' - Linda McCarthy, The Professional Geographer

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Globalization and The City 3. From World City to Globalizing City 4. Globalizing Cities 5. Black Holes and Loose Connections in a Global Urban Hierarchy 6. Tensions in The Global City 7. The Modalities of The Global City 8. Going for Gold: The Summer Olympics and The Global City 9. The Super-Rich and The Global City

10. The Global, The City and The Body References

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Questioning Cities

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban