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The aim of this book was to bring together the set of literatures linking materiality and practices, with that of the political and cultural economy of global cities. The starting point was that the term ‘global city’ has become something of a fetish, over-determined to the point of being meaningless. I have had considerable sympathy for the motivations behind the ‘ordinary city’ literature and approach, which has become established in the field. However, the problem facing global-cities studies is only partly caused by locational overstretch; as important, I suggest, is that all sorts of city- and world-making practices have to be made banal and everyday. The pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction that the key global cities of the North, so ...

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