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The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.

Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Urban Studies:

Clearly and concisely explains the basic ideas in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; Offers concise discussions of concepts ranging from community, neighbourhood, and the city to globalization, the New Urbanism, feminine space, and urban problems; Constitutes a re-examination of the key ideas in the field; Is illustrated throughout with international examples; Provides an essential reference guide for all students and teachers across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.

Global Cities
Global cities

The term, global city, refers to the select number of cities – e.g. NY, London, Tokyo – that serve as the command and control centers of the global economy. According to Saskia Sassen (1991), these urban places are characterized by a local economy based on financial and business services belonging to the multi-national banks and corporations that directly control the activities of the economy across the world. (See the entry on Globalization.)

The two phenomena – global city, globalization – are not necessarily related and most often imply two different processes. Hence it is necessary to use several entries to convey the information about the changes taking place in urban locations as a consequence of the economic restructuring of world capitalism.

It is true that the major global cities are so connected to each ...

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