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World City by Doreen Massey
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Nov 21, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: modern-society, politics

Important argument about the contruction of space, centred on London's claims to be a 'world city'. The left has learnt to celebrate this appellation, praising the diversity and multuculturalism that it entails, but Massey argues that it has a darker side. Constructed on past histories of imperialism and colonialism, the dominant interests in London have retained their standing through strategies of financialisation, in the context of globalisation and privatisation.

She asks what strategies are available to the left to allow it to claim the progressive component of London's reconstruction, whilst challenging its place as a force driving exploitation across the globe. Lots to think about here.
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message 1: by Rose (new) - added it

Rose Nice review, I think you've nailed Massey's insight here. How silly and inappropriate that 'spoilers' were removed by Goodreads! Worth a challenge - did that action gut your analysis?

message 2: by Don (new) - rated it 4 stars

Don Thanks Rose - been such a long while since I read it I can't remember how deep I went into the arguments. But it is a good book, and seems particularly relevant now with all the efforts being made to understand the legacy of London 2012. Coming to terms with the legacy of London 1850 might be a good place to start....

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