Global Cities

Paperback | February 18, 2004

byMark Abrahamson

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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 influentialcities 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 themthe 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 oftheir connections with each other. Global Cities is ideal for undergraduate courses in urban sociology and other social sciences.

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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 influentialcities is intimately related to the emergen...

Mark Abrahamson is at University of Connecticut, Storrs.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:February 18, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195142047

ISBN - 13:9780195142044

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Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with Endnotes1. Introduction, Background, and PreviewIdentifying global citiesThe economic and cultural backgroundCities and regionsAppendix: The virtual workplace2. People, Places, and Life-StylesThe financial services sectorPower and oppositionsYuppies and dinks in gentrified areasInternational tourists and tourismTourism and hyper-consumptionEdge cities3. ImmigrationHostility and dependenceThe immigrantsIllegal entrantsEnclavesCitizenship and the nation-state4. Cities in the Global EconomyGlobal classificationsLocation of stock exchangesInternational banking and financeMultinational corporations and foreign investmentCorporate service firmsThe economic hierarchyPost-script: Separating products and places5. InequalityMeasuring income inequalityInequality in global citiesSpatial reflectionsGlobal inequalityInequality conclusionsAppendix: The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund6. Global Culture and the Cultural IndustriesGlobalization, culture, and identityRootlessness versus multiple identitiesCultural industries and economyEntertainment conglomeratesConcluding generalizations7. The Global Cultural Industries HierarchyRecorded musicMoviesTelevisionThe cultural industries hierarchy8. Some Final ThoughtsDesignating global citiesCities and nation-states