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Cities in a World Economy

Cities in a World Economy

Fourth Edition

August 2011 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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The Fourth Edition of Cities in a World Economy shows how certain characteristics of our turn-of-the-millennium flows of money, information and people have led to the emergence of a new social formation: global cities. These developments give new meaning to such fixtures of urban sociology as the centrality of place and the importance of geography in our social world.

New to the Fourth Edition:

• new chapter (8) analysing the challenges and vulnerabilities facing major cities in terms of three major challenges: (1) the environment, (2) global financial crisis, and (3) asymmetric war

• new section in chapter 3 on global migrations

• new section in Chapter 4 on comparing global cities

• presents three new case studies in Chapter 5: (1) comparing Shanghai and Hong Kong, (2) the Gulf States, and (3) Istanbul

Key Features:

• takes a multidisciplinary approach to urban sociology, supported by global examples

• examines the impact of global processes on the social structure of cities, increasing students' world awareness

• strikes an ideal balance between maintaining academic rigor and employing new and innovative concepts

• discusses in Chapter 7 a unique perspective on the highly gendered and unequal nature of the global city, and how it forces the underprivileged to live a dangerous and unpredictable life on global survival circuits

Chapter 1. Place and Production in the Global Economy
Chapter 2. The Urban Impact of Economic Globalization
Chapter 3. National and Transnational Urban Systems
Chapter 4. The New Urban Economy: The Intersection of Global Processes and Place
Chapter 5. Issues and Case Studies in the New Urban Economy
Chapter 6. The New Inequalities Within Cities
Chapter 7. Global Cities and Global Survival Circuits
Chapter 8. The Urbanizing of Global Governance Challenges
Chapter 9. A New Geography of Centers and Margins

“No other book locates cities (as distinct but changing settlement forms and institutional arrangements) in the world economy so clearly and concisely.”

Renia Ehrenfeucht
University Of New Orleans

“I enjoy teaching with this book. It is much more challenging than a traditional textbook, and students learn about globalization, post-industrialization, stratification, gender and race inequality, and of course the importance of urbanization and the rise of global cities.”

Stephanie Moller
University Of North Carolina-Charlotte

Excellent general text. I put this on the 'Recommended' reading list, and also recommended it to a collegue teaching Urban Geography next semester.

Mr Joshua R Rodd
Geography Dept, Middlebury College
December 14, 2015

Higher level than I could use for Sophomores and even Juniors. I may use it for my "World Society" course I am teaching in Summer 2014.

Too much text made it challenging to implement as readings.

Mr Mark Caldwell
Sociology Dept, Univ Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
February 28, 2014

A very highly recommended book for any student of urban and economic geography.

Dr Diganta Das
Humanities and Social Studies, National Institute of Education (NIE)
October 24, 2013

An excellent contribution to the debate. The text is very well structured and provides a wide variety of useful insights.

Dr Deiric Ó Broin
School of Spatial Planning, Dublin Institute of Technology
November 11, 2012

an essential update of a key textbook

Mr Richard Kotter
Please select your department, Please select your institution
July 3, 2012

I will be using parts of this book in order to provide a more critical and rounded understanding of the role that location plays in globalisation. Chapter 5, with the more detailed examination of particular cases, has I believe a special didactic value. I was also planning to deliver a session on mobility of workforce. The perspective of Chapter 7, with its focus on the "other workers" in advanced globalised economies will be a crucial departure from the usual emphasis on the high-skill workers and a great way to give students a more comprehensive view of the flows of people in globalised conditions. Overall, I plan to include parts of the book as essential readings for discussion in my classes and to recommend the whole book to my students as a great way to explore the continuing role of location and in particular cities in modern economies.

Dr Ioanna Chini
Department of Business and Management, Sussex University
December 12, 2011

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-chair of The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University ( She is the author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (2008), A Sociology of Globalization (2007), and The Global City (1991), and editor of Deciphering the Global: Its Spaces, Scales and Subjects (2007). Her books have been translated into 22 languages. She is the editor of the volume on urban sustainability in the new 14-volume Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (2006), for which she coordinated a network of researchers and activists in 30 countries. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412988032