By Alan Latham

Key recommendations in city Geography is a brand new type of textbook that varieties a part of an leading edge set of better half texts for the human geography sub-disciplines. equipped round 20 brief essays, Key strategies in city Geography presents a innovative creation to the principal recommendations that outline modern examine in city geography.

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This shift has been accompanied by a retheorisation of how cities are imagined. Amin (2002), seeking to make sense of the distanciation of economic transactions (in other words, the stretching of social interaction over many miles and continents), poses two viewpoints as to how cities can be understood. First, they can be seen as ‘a string of place-based economies’ (p. 392), a set of bounded territories which can be literally measured, for example in square footage. In contrast, Amin sees cities ‘as a site of network practices’ by which he means that the city is a ‘nexus of economic practices that does not return the urban as a place of localised transactions’ Global Cities (p.

And, it is not just poor people from less-developed countries implicated in the construction of these transnational social fields. At the other end of the social scale Leslie Sklair (2001) has documented the emergence of a ‘transnational 47 1 Location and Movement capitalist class’, who are the managers and controllers of the contemporary global economic system. Despite their power, even this group cannot fully escape the costs of frequent long-distance movement. They too have to find ways of aligning the demands of their often highly mobile lifestyles with those of family life.

The return to the centre: revalorising the ‘zone-in-transition’ As described in the entry on global cities, major CBD office districts have become paramount in servicing the global economy. For Saskia Sassen: At the global level, a key dynamic explaining the place of major cities in the world economy is that they concentrate the infrastructure and the ser vicing that produced a capability for global control. The latter is essential if geographic dispersal of economic activity whether factories, offices, or financial markets is to take place under continued concentration of own ership and profit appropriation.

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