The newly revised Globalizing Cities Reader reflects how the geographies of theory have recently shifted away from the western vantage points from which much of the classic work in this field was developed.

The expanded volume continues to make available many of the original and foundational works that underpin the research field, while expanding coverage to familiarize students with new theoretical and epistemological positions as well as emerging research foci and horizons. It contains 38 new chapters, including key writings on globalizing cities from leading thinkers such as John Friedmann, Michael Peter Smith, Saskia Sassen, Peter Taylor, Manuel Castells, Anthony King, Jennifer Robinson, Ananya Roy, and Fulong Wu. The new Reader reflects the fact that world and global city studies have evolved in exciting and wide-ranging ways, and the very notion of a distinct "global" class of cities has recently been called into question. The sections examine the foundations of the field and processes of urban restructuring and global city formation. A large number of new entries focus on the emerging urban worlds of Asia, Latin America and Africa, including Beijing, Bogota, Cairo, Cape Town, Delhi, Istanbul, Medellin, Mumbai, Phnom Penh, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai. The book also presents cases off the conventional map of global cities research, such as smaller cities and less known urban regions that are undergoing processes of globalization.

The book is a key resource for students and scholars alike who seek an accessible compendium of the intellectual foundations of global urban studies as well as an overview of the emergent patterns of early 21st century urbanization and associated sociopolitical contestation around the world.

part One|74 pages


chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part One

chapter 1|2 pages

Prologue “The metropolitan explosion”

from The World Cities (1966)

chapter 2|7 pages

“Divisions of space and time in Europe”

from The Perspective of the World (1984)

chapter 3|9 pages

“World city formation: an agenda for research and action”

from International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (1982)

chapter 4|6 pages

“Locating cities on global circuits”

from Environment and Urbanization (2002)

chapter 6|6 pages

“Accumulation and comparative urban systems”

from Comparative Urban Research (1977)

chapter 7|6 pages

“The world-system perspective and urbanization”

from Urbanization in the World-Economy (1985)

chapter 8|7 pages

“Global city formation in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles: an historical perspective”

from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: America’s Global Cities (1999)

chapter 9|7 pages

“Global and world cities: a view from off the map”

from International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2002)

part Two|68 pages


chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part Two

chapter 11|2 pages

Prologue “Istanbul was our past, Istanbul is our future”

from Aljazeera (2017)

chapter 12|7 pages

“The city as a landscape of power: London and New York as global financial capitals”

from L. Budd and S. Whimster (eds.), Global Finance and Urban Living (1992)

chapter 13|8 pages

“Detroit and Houston: two cities in global perspective”

from M. P. Smith and J. Feagin (eds.), The Capitalist City (1989)

chapter 14|8 pages

“The stimulus of a little confusion: a contemporary comparison of Amsterdam and Los Angeles”

from L. Deben (ed.), Understanding Amsterdam: Essays on Economic Vitality, City Life and Urban Form (2000)

chapter 16|7 pages

“From ‘state-owned’ to ‘City Inc.’: the re-territorialization of the state in Shanghai”

from The Making of Global City Regions (2007)

chapter 17|7 pages

“The dream of Delhi as a global city”

from International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2011)

chapter 18|7 pages

“‘Fourth world’ cities in the global economy: the case of Phnom Penh, Cambodia”

from International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (1998)

part Three|68 pages


chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part Three

chapter 20|1 pages

Prologue “Specification of the world city network”

from Geographical Analysis (2001)

chapter 21|6 pages

“Local and global: cities in network society”

from Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie (2002)

chapter 22|7 pages

“Comparing London and Frankfurt as world cities: a relational study of contemporary urban change”

from a report for the Anglo-American Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society (2001)

chapter 26|8 pages

“One package at a time: the distributive world city”

from International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2011)

chapter 27|7 pages

“Global cities between biopolitics and necropolitics: (in)security and circuits of knowledge in the global city network”

from Michele Acuto and Wendy Steele, eds., Global City Challenges: Debating a Concept, Improving the Practice (2013)

chapter 28|7 pages

“The virtual palimpsest of the global city network”

from Michele Acuto and Wendy Steele (eds.), Global City Challenges: Debating a Concept, Improving the Practice (2013)

part Four|66 pages


chapter |5 pages

Introduction to Part Four

chapter 30|3 pages

Prologue “The global city as world order”

from The Search for Political Space (1996)

chapter 31|6 pages

“Globalization and the rise of city-regions”

from European Planning Studies (2001)

chapter 34|7 pages

“World city formation on the Asia Pacific Rim: poverty, ‘everyday’ forms of civil society and environmental management”

from M. Douglass and J. Friedmann (eds.), Cities for Citizens: Planning and the Rise of Civil Society in a Global Age (1998)

chapter 36|7 pages

“Between world history and state formation: new perspectives on Africa’s cities”

from Journal of African History (2011)

chapter 37|6 pages

“The ‘right to the city’: institutional imperatives of a developmental state”

from International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2010)

part Five|55 pages


chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part Five

chapter 40|5 pages

“Local actors in global politics”

from Current Sociology (2004)

chapter 41|5 pages

“The right to the city”

from New Left Review (2008)

chapter 42|7 pages

“Urban social movements in an era of globalization”

from Urban Movements in a Globalizing World (2000)

chapter 43|5 pages

“São Paulo: the city and its protest”

from Open Democracy (2013)

chapter 44|7 pages

“Global city building in China and its discontents”

from Building Globalization: Transnational Architecture Production in Urban China (2011)

chapter 45|6 pages

“Between ghetto and globe: remaking urban life in Africa”

from Associational Life in African Cities (2001)

chapter 46|6 pages

“World cities and union renewal”

from Geography Compass (2007)

part Six|58 pages


chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part Six

chapter 48|2 pages

Prologue “High culture and hard labor”

from New York Times (2014)

chapter 52|6 pages

“The transnational capitalist class and contemporary architecture in globalizing cities”

from International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2005)

chapter 53|6 pages

“Shanghai nightscapes and ethnosexual contact zones”

from Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City (2015)

chapter 54|6 pages

“Graffiti or street art? Negotiating the moral geographies of the creative city”

from Journal of Urban Affairs (2012)

chapter 56|4 pages

“Provincializing the global city: from Bombay to Mumbai”

from Social Text (2004)

part Seven|82 pages


chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part Seven

chapter 57|2 pages

Prologue “World city”

from World City (2007)

chapter 58|8 pages

“The global cities discourse: a return to the master narrative?”

from Transnational Urbanism (2001)

chapter 60|6 pages

“Beyond the global city concept and the myth of ‘command and control’”

from International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2014)

chapter 63|8 pages

“Global suburbanization”

chapter 64|8 pages

“What is urban about critical urban theory?”

from Urban Geography (2015)

chapter 65|4 pages

“Planetary urbanization”

from Urban Constellations (2011)

chapter 66|6 pages

“New geographies of theorizing the urban: putting comparison to work for global urban studies”

from The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South (2014)

chapter 67|6 pages

“Governing the informal in globalizing cities: comparing China, India and Brazil”

from Housing Policy Debate (2017)

chapter 68|7 pages

“The urban revolution”

from The Urban Revolution (2003, originally published in 1968)