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By Mark Abrahamson

Worldwide towns examines the certain advertisement, residential, and spatial positive factors of the most important towns of the modern world--cities housing the monetary and cultural actions which are so much consequential for everybody, despite the place they stay. the advance of those influential towns is in detail with regards to the emergence of contemporary telecommunications, the expansion of firm businesses, the internationalization of financial task, and the elevated move of cultural symbols and artifacts throughout nationwide traces. available to readers with little historical past in sociology or social technology, international towns analyzes various modern concerns to demonstrate strategies and procedures concerning the main major worldwide towns. those concrete examples facilitate scholars' normal knowing and exhibit them the modern relevance of the cloth. The ebook bargains an in depth and multifaceted photograph of such top city facilities as London, big apple, Tokyo, and Paris, but in addition branches out to different very important towns on the planet. It analyzes either the inner gains of the towns and the character in their connections with one another. international towns is perfect for undergraduate classes in city sociology and different social sciences.

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Beauregard, “Theorizing the Global-Local Connection,” World Cities in a World-System, ed. Paul L. Knox and Peter J. Taylor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 232–48. ONE • Introduction, Background, and Preview 21 12. Evelyn Nieves, “Blacks Hit by Housing Costs Leave San Francisco Behind,” New York Times, 2 August 2001, p. A12. 13. Craig S. Smith, “High-Priced High-Rises Displace the Proletariat,” New York Times, 16 July 2001, p. A4. 14. See especially Sassen’s “Introduction,” in Saskia Sassen and Kwame Anthony Appiah, Globalization and Its Discontents (New York: New Press, 1999).

41. 40. See especially Chapter 5 in John F. : Rowman and Littlefield, 1998). TWO People, Places, and Lifestyles In this chapter we examine the spatial arrangements and lifestyles that are most characteristic of the leading global cities and their metropolitan areas. These attributes do not make them totally unique because many less global cities, especially large ones, partially share some of these features. The differences are typically more a matter of degree than kind. However, the leading global cities are set apart by their tendency to be uniformly high on all of the distinguishing spatial and lifestyle characteristics to be described here.

See especially Sassen’s “Introduction,” in Saskia Sassen and Kwame Anthony Appiah, Globalization and Its Discontents (New York: New Press, 1999). 15. Manuel Castells, The Rise of the Network Society, 3 vols. : Blackwell, 1998). 16. Lester C. Thurow, “Globalization: The Product of a Knowledge-Based Economy,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 570(July 2000):19–31. 17. Thomas L. Friedman, “One Country, Two Worlds,” New York Times, 28 January 2000, p. A23. 18. For further discussion of the paradigm shift, see Mark Gottdiener and Joe R.

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