Global Cities

ISBN-10: 0195142047
ISBN-13: 9780195142044
Edition: 2004
Authors: Mark Abrahamson
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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/12/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Global Cities examines the distinctive commercial, residential, and spatial features of the major cities of the contemporary world--cities housing the financial and cultural activities that are most consequential for everyone, regardless of where they live. The development of these influential cities is intimately related to the emergence of modern telecommunications, the growth of multinational corporations, the internationalization of economic activity, and the increased movement of cultural symbols and artifacts across national lines. Accessible to readers with little background in sociology or social science, Global Cities analyzes numerous contemporary issues to illustrate concepts and processes pertaining to the most significant global cities. These concrete examples facilitate students' general understanding and show them the contemporary relevance of the material. The book offers a detailed and multifaceted picture of such leading urban centers as London, New York, Tokyo, and Paris, but also branches out to other important cities in the world. It analyzes both the internal features of the cities and the nature of their connections with each other. Global Cities is ideal for undergraduate courses in urban sociology and other social sciences.

Each chapter concludes with Endnotes
Introduction, Background, and Preview
Identifying global cities
The economic and cultural background
Cities and regions
Appendix: The virtual workplace
People, Places, and Life-Styles
The financial services sector
Power and oppositions
Yuppies and dinks in gentrified areas
International tourists and tourism
Tourism and hyper-consumption
Edge cities
Immigration
Hostility and dependence
The immigrants
Illegal entrants
Enclaves
Citizenship and the nation-state
Cities in the Global Economy
Global classifications
Location of stock exchanges
International banking and finance
Multinational corporations and foreign investment
Corporate service firms
The economic hierarchy
Post-script: Separating products and places
Inequality
Measuring income inequality
Inequality in global cities
Spatial reflections
Global inequality
Inequality conclusions
Appendix: The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
Global Culture and the Cultural Industries
Globalization, culture, and identity
Rootlessness versus multiple identities
Cultural industries and economy
Entertainment conglomerates
Concluding generalizations
The Global Cultural Industries Hierarchy
Recorded music
Movies
Television
The cultural industries hierarchy
Some Final Thoughts
Designating global cities
Cities and nation-states

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