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The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation that reveal the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century: Hierarchy: Elites and Evictions Productivity: Over-investment and Abandonment Authority: Governance and Mobilisations Volatility: Disruption and Adaptation Conflict: Vulnerability and Insurgency Provisionality: Infrastructure and Incrementalism Mobility: Re-bordering and De-bordering Civility: Contestation and Encounter Design: Speculation and Imagination This is a provocative, inter-disciplinary handbook for all academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies.
Chapter 8: Global Cities: Places for Researching the Translocal
Global Cities: Places for Researching the Translocal
Global cities are complex territories in a grid of cross-boundary geographies. They are not bounded units. Nor are these cities simply one step on the ladder of the traditional hierarchy that puts cities above the neighborhood and below the regional, the national, and the global. Rather, these cities are or are becoming one of the spaces of the global for actors as diverse as finance and civil society. They engage the global directly, often bypassing the national.
Some cities may have had this capacity long before the current era. But today these conditions extend to a growing number of cities and to a growing number of ...