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World Cities: Present and Future
World cities: Present and future
The Contemporary Urban World

The rapid changes occurring presently, and anticipated in the future, for urban places is a compelling reason to study urbanization from a geographic perspective. Such a perspective brings a spatial or location frame of reference to the critical analysis of urbanization. Of course, it is important to consider some historical references and antecedents to what exists today, but the major focus in this chapter will be to answer the question “What is going on where and why?” To answer this question, I have looked at major themes about world urbanization and provided major conceptual arguments and theories that geographers and others employ to obtain an overview of the current status and what is ...

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