Cities and Economic Change
Restructuring and Dislocation in the Global Metropolis
- Ronan Paddison - University of Glasgow, UK
- Tom Hutton - University of British Columbia, Canada
Urban & Regional Sociology | Urban Geography | Urban Sociology
The text is clear and readable with pedagogical features and illustrative case studies integrated throughout. The use of boxes for city examples, key questions for discussion at the end of main chapters together with suggested readings, key web sites are designed to aid learning and understanding.
An invaluable text for all those interested in cities and economic change. Empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and written in a highly accessible way to help students understand processes underlying the changing urban economy, urban governance, and the role of place. In a world of many texts, this one deserves a place on the bookshelves.
This exciting and informative volume provides a series of accounts on the organisation of economic activity in a globalized world. Editors and contributors leave readers in no doubt about the extent of the transformations coursing through urban economies in the global north and south, and the theoretical and methodological challenges that arise in trying to make sense of them.
This book provides a timely, critical and compelling overview of some of the major economic concerns of the early twenty first century. It will be an essential read for anyone interested in the role of cities in the changing global space economy.
At a time when cities have harboured the majority of the human race and the main of the global economy, there is nothing more significant than understanding the intertwine of cities and economic change. This is an assemblage of cutting-edge scholarships in urban studies contributed all by experienced writers with authoritative expertise. It addresses the issue of cities and economic change in such an incredible breadth and depth that students of urban studies are led to new horizons of navigation and enquiry. I have found the documentation and interpretation stimulating, provocative, and extremely well-articulated. Theoretically informed and empirically grounded, this is a collection of essays that makes a timely and path-breaking contribution to the urban literature. It stands out as an excellent addition to the expanding urban library and a key reference on urban issues I would highly recommend to anyone interested in urban and economic development.
Cities and Economic Change offers a lucid and fearless look into the wide-ranging challenges posed by the on-going restructuring of urban economies in a globalizing world and leaves the reader with sober and level-headed assessment of a generation of policy change in international urban political economic development.
This collection shows how imperatives of capital and state have wrought dramatic transformations in cities around the globe, supplies timely data on urban employment, occupations and labor markets and provides critical assessments of on-going experiments in policy and governance.
The world’s cities continue to expand, sometimes with and sometimes without economic growth; urban-economic transformations are not what they used to be, either in form or effect. Charting these shifting conditions, Cities and Economic Change brings together newly commissioned essays from leading researchers in the field. It’s an excellent collection.
'Encompassing the Global North and the Global South, this book re-examines the rich scholarship on urbanization and cities with a twenty-first century perspective. Through a multipolar global framework, the book gives colourful accounts of capitalism’s polarizing and politicizing outcomes, the reimaging and place-marketing of cities, and the economic and cultural reproduction of space and place in the post-industrial era.'
Slightly too advanced for Bachelor students with English as a second langauge. In our case also too close to economic geography for our module layout. However, I would recommend it for Master students as the volume presents a good overview over the main features of a highly relevant topic in urban/economic geography
An excellent selection of chapters by an excellent selection of researchers. My work is more focused on social development which is why this isn't a core reading - but the chapter on 'inclusivity' will be on my reading lists.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter Two: Cities, Technologies and Economic Change
Chapter Nine: The Resilient City