World city / Doreen Massey.

by Massey, Doreen BLooking glass.

Publisher: Cambridge : Polity, 2007.Description: viii, 262 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780745640600; 0745640605; 9780745640594; 0745640591.Subject(s): Sociology, Urban -- England -- London | Human geography -- England -- London | London (England) -- Economic conditionsLooking glass | London (England) -- Geography | London (England) -- Social conditionsLooking glassNote: Bibliography: pages 232-250. - Includes index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Cities around the world are striving to be 'global'. This book tells the story of one of them, and in so doing raises questions of identity, place and political responsibility that are essential for all cities.

World City focuses its account on London, one of the greatest of these global cities. London is a city of delight and of creativity. It also presides over a country increasingly divided between North and South and over a neo-liberal form of globalisation - the deregulation, financialisation and commercialisation of all aspects of life - that is resulting in an evermore unequal world.

World City explores how we can understand this complex narrative and asks a question that should be asked of any city: what does this place stand for?

Following the implosion within the financial sector, such issues are even more vital. In a new Preface, Doreen Massey addresses these changed times. She argues that, whatever happens, the evidence of this book is that we must not go back to 'business as usual', and she asks whether the financial crisis might open up a space for a deeper rethinking of both our economy and our society.


Bibliography: pages 232-250. - Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface and acknowledgements
  • Introduction: æThe Future of Our WorldÆ?
  • Part I Inventing a World City
  • 1 Capital Delight
  • 2 ÆA successful city, but...Æ
  • 3 Imagining the city
  • Part II The World City in the Country
  • 4 The Golden Goose?
  • 5 An alternative regional geography
  • 6 Who owes whom?
  • 7 Reworking the geographies of allegiance
  • Part III The World City in the World
  • 8 Grounding the Global
  • 9 Identity, place, responsibility
  • 10 A politics of place beyond place
  • Concluding Reflections
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Doreen Massey was born in Manchester, United Kingdom on January 3, 1944. She was educated at Oxford University and later received a master's degree in regional science at the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career working for a thinktank, the Centre for Environmental Studies (CES), in London. Her work with CES revealed several key analysts of the contemporary British economy. When CES closed, she became a professor of geography at the Open University and worked there until her retirement in 2009. She wrote and edited numerous books during her lifetime including For Space; Space, Place and Gender; and World City. She died on March 11, 2016 at the age of 72.

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