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Cities in a World Economy

Fourth Edition
Saskia Sassen Columbia University, USA
© 2012   424 pages   SAGE Publications, Inc   
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New To This Edition

  • NEW! Chapter 8 has been added to analyze the challenges and vulnerabilities facing major cities and focuses on three major challenges: (1) the environment, (2) global financial crisis, and (3) asymmetric war
  • Appends five chapters with end-of-chapter appendixes, which contain more maps, tables, and figures
  • Introduces a new section in Chapter 3 on global migrations
  • Contains a new section in Chapter 4 on comparing global cities around in the world
  • Presents three new case studies in Chapter 5: (1) comparing Shanghai and Hong Kong, (2) the Gulf States, and (3) Istanbul

Key Features

  • Taking a multidisciplinary perspective, this book features a cross-disciplinary approach to Urban Sociology using global examples. With both depth and clarity, this book examines the impact of global processes on the social structure of cities helping students increase their world awareness. In addition, the book strikes the perfect balance between maintaining academic rigor and employing new and innovative concepts.
  • Incorporates the most recent data: This new edition updates nearly every piece of data with the most recent facts and figures available. In addition, this book introduces new concepts for understanding contemporary urban sociology.
  • Chapter 7 on Global Cities and Global Survival Circuits discusses the highly gendered and unequal nature of the global city and how it forces the underprivileged to live a dangerous and unpredictable life on global survival circuits.

Cities in a World Economy

Fourth Edition
Saskia Sassen Columbia University, USA
© 2012   424 pages   SAGE Publications, Inc  

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ISBN:   9781412988032 Paperback Suggested Retail Price:   $47.00 Bookstore Price:   $37.60

Previous Editions Published by SAGE

Third Edition: © 2006
Second Edition: © 2000
Second Edition: © 1994

About This Title

The Fourth Edition of Cities in a World Economy shows how certain characteristics of flows of money, information, and people have led to the emergence of a new social formation: global cities, new types of migrations, financial crises, environmental catastrophes, and the multiplication of communication technologies. 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.

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