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Cities in a World Economy (Sociology for a New Century)

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The Third Edition of Cities in a World Economy shows how certain characteristics of our turn-of-the-millennium flows of money, information, and people have led to the emergence of a new social formation: global cities. These developments give new meaning to such fixtures of urban sociology as the centrality of place and the importance of geography in our social world.
Paperback, 269 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Sage Publications, Inc (first published 1994)
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Steve
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great and interesting book that explained the global economy and the role of major cities in a very rational manner. I also greatly appreciated the final chapters that talked about inequity, the environment, and women, which gave the book a slightly more narrative feel, compared to the overly technical first half of the book.
Overall, I found the book very informative, in terms of how global cities are becoming specialized, but within a financial industry. The world is not flat, and ge
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Pablo Rossello
Oct 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Interesting book about new urban dynamics in the global age. Very useful for those interested in urban and globalisation studies. Very well-documented, the book develops the concept of 'global cities' as spaces within existing cities where the logistics and servicing of the new globalised economy's demands are met.

A bit too long in my opinion, it could well do without a couple of chapters. Good to compliment it with 'The Age of Migration' by Castles et al, who document migration patterns in the
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Len Gibbs
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, multi-faceted explanation of how globalisation is affecting geography, life opportunities and the fortunes of cities. Its central arguments are well laid out and illustrated through cases studies and wider research. I read the 2nd edition which is over 10 years old but not a bit out of date.
Karlo Mikhail
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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Written in a typically academic manner but absolutely helpful reference on recent transformations of the global economy.
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Saskia Sassen (born in The Hague, January 5, 1949) is a Dutch sociologist noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration. She is currently Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Centennial visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Sassen coined the term global city.

After being a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for International A
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