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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 cities

  • highlights methodological and epistemological notes on each theme

  • provides case studies of nine key global cities, examined in the context of specific material and spatial


Chapter 1: Centrality

Chapter 2: Flat Cities

Chapter 3: Global urban order(ing)

Chapter 4: Logistical territories

Chapter 5: Centres of calculation

Chapter 6: World-making


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 is Professor of Urban and Cultural Geography at Western Sydney University.