World City Network: A Global Urban Analysis by Peter J. Taylor, Ben Derudder

By Peter J. Taylor, Ben Derudder

With the appearance of establishment companies, the normal city provider functionality has 'gone global'. so as to offer prone to globalizing company consumers, the workplaces of significant monetary and enterprise provider businesses internationally have shaped a community. it's the myriad of flows among place of work towers in several metropolitan centres that has produced an international urban community. via an research of the intra-company flows of a hundred prime international carrier agencies throughout 315 towns, this ebook assesses towns when it comes to their total community connectivity, their connectivity through provider region, and their connectivity through global sector. Peter Taylor's precise and illuminating e-book presents the 1st complete and systematic description and research of the realm urban community because the 'skeleton' upon which modern globalization has been equipped. His analyses problem the conventional view of the area as a 'mosaic map' of political limitations. Written by means of one of many best experts at the topic, this publication offers a far wanted mapping of the connecting relationships among global towns, and should be an enlightening booklet for college students of city stories, geography, sociology and making plans.

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Castells’ global spaces of flows Although Castells is a renowned urban researcher, The Rise of Network Society (Castells 1996) is not intended as a contribution to the world cities literature. It is part of a trilogy of books that attempt to reformulate social studies for a global age. Castells argues that ‘networks constitute the new social morphology of our societies’ (p. 469) in the 26 • Relations ‘informational age’. The latter has replaced the ‘industrial age’, the context in which orthodox social studies has developed.

It is the resulting conversion of global city as advanced service centre into a global network of cities that is most significant for the remainder of this book. A new spatial logic Castells’ idea of city as process has been used at the beginning and end of this chapter’s substantive discussion of inter-city relations; specifically, to introduce the historical section and to conclude the world cities section. This is an indication of how important the idea is to this book. For Castells (1996: 386), it defines a ‘new spatial logic’ wherein the ‘new’ refers to the position held by all three of the authors featured above, namely that the emergence of world and/or global cities marks a qualitatively new phase in urban development.

San Francisco). But basically the same model obtains: he reaffirms a world city hierarchy. What is to be learned about inter-city relations from Friedmann’s seminal work? Certainly he put world cities and their inter-relations firmly on the research agenda of urban studies. Above all, he provided a new global vision of inter-city relations, a way of seeing connections between cities that transcend state boundaries. 5) became etched into the world city imagination. g. Friedmann 1978). Clearly, the transnational nature of the connections between cities represents a major break from the previous school, but it will have been noticed that the structure of the inter-city relations remains the same: hierarchical.

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