Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t

Cities in the Global Econony

Cities in the global econony

The dispersal capacities emerging with globalization and telecommunication – the offshoring of factories, the expansion of global networks of affiliates and subsidiaries, the move of back offices to suburbs and out of central cities – led many observers to assert that cities would become obsolete in the new economic context. Indeed, many of the once great industrial centres in the highly developed countries did suffer severe decline. But, against all predictions, a significant number of major cities also saw their concentration of economic power rise. Why?

One way of summarizing my answer to this question and the argument I will develop here is to say that place is central to the multiple circuits through which economic globalization ...

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