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Global Cities and Urban Theory

by Donald McNeill SAGE Publications Ltd
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Global Cities and Urban Theory provides an innovative set of approaches to understanding some of the world's major cities, working with concepts such as smart cities, volumetric urbanism, and critical accounting to illustrate the everyday agents and practices that place cities in the world. It draws on detailed discussion of major cities such as London, San Francisco, Paris and Singapore to provide a deep understanding of how urban theory can be grounded in the cultural economies of urban development. The book:
reviews the insights of key thinkers such as Bruno Latour, Mike Davis, and Jane M. Jacobs in relation to specific citieshighlights methodological and epistemological notes on each themeprovides case studies of nine key global cities, examined in the context of specific material and spatial practices.

Chapter 1: Rome - A Global City Ontology
Chapter 2: Invisible Cities - Actor Networks and Political Economies in Paris and Chicago
Chapter 3: Speed and Distance - Airports, Logistics and Global Cities
Chapter 4: Accounting for the Global City - Cities and Numbers
Chapter 5: Bodies in Global Cities - Urban Ethnographies
Chapter 6: Writing Dubai - Narratives of Urban Critique
Chapter 7: Volumetric Cities
Chapter 8: Comfort and Climate - Global Cities as Conditioning Machines
Chapter 9: Global Technopolis - Analytics, Big Data, and the Poduction of Space

This book asks fundamental questions for urban research. What is a city? In what sense is a city ‘global’? McNeill examines key forms of cultural, economic, and political power and practice through which cities are composed as material concentrations, from religion and logistics to air-conditioning systems and smart cities. The result, in a discussion that ranges from Rome and Paris to Dubai and Sydney, is a powerful and innovative account of why and how particular spaces, practices and forms in the city curate globality.

Donald McNeill - University of Western Sydney