In both academic scholarship and the popular imagination, the globality of modern society has been represented by global cities as the corporate and financial epicentres for capital accumulation, cosmopolitan cultures and innovative change. This has created an image of the globalised world as empty beyond cities which make it into the global league as paradigmatic 'celebrity' cities. As a counterpoint this book give interpretive weight elsewhere, in 'other' places, cities and regions, drawing on a range of examples from both the developed and developing worlds.
This book was previously published as a special issue of the journal Urban Studies.
1. Introduction 2. The Work of Forgetting and Remembering Places 3. Urban Political Economy Beyond the 'Global City' 4. Local Memory and Worldly Narrative: The remote city in America and Japan 5. Rural Villages as Socially Urban Spaces in Malaysia 6. Whither Nationalist Urbanism?: Public life in Governor Sutiyoso's Jakarta 7. Debt Restructuring and the Politics of Exclusion: A case study of the Daewoo Motor Bupyeong plants in Incheon, South Korea 8. The Politics of Forgetting: Class politics and the restructuring of urban space in India 9. Cosmopolitanism and its Exclusions in Singapore 10. Counter-Global Cases for Place: Contesting displacement in globalising Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area 11. Planning to Forget: Informal settlement as 'forgotten places' in globalising metro Manila