Globalization and Urbanization: The Global Urban Ecosystem - Globalization (Hardback)
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Globalization and Urbanization: The Global Urban Ecosystem - Globalization (Hardback)

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Hardback 268 Pages / Published: 26/06/2014
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This innovative book sees contemporary urban settlement as the new human ecosystems defining people's lives across the planet. Just as so-called natural ecosystems have defined our view of the symbiosis between humans and their environments, James H. Spencer argues that it is an urban ecosystem found across the planet that defines the twenty-first century. Using the globally diverse cases of Ho Chi Minh City, Addis Ababa, Honolulu, and New York, the book draws out the commonalities in how our intertwined built and social environments express a shared humanity across continents and cultures.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442214743
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 24 mm


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Whether from the perspective of supporters/critics or specialists/nonspecialists, the related processes of globalization and urbanization are two of the defining trends of the 21st century. Spencer utilizes secondary scholarly literature, life stories, popular media, and personal experiences to make sense out of the diversity of the `global urban ecosystem.' While each city has its own history, culture, and physical environment, the attractive ones benefit from three characteristics: economic and productivity efficiencies, differences and diversities, and a global connectivity. In order to provide a picture of what this ecosystem looks like, Spencer devotes four of his seven chapters to a tour of cities that illustrate each of his three types. Two of these cities are from the Global South and represent `Do-Your-Timers' (Saigon and Addis Ababa), and two are from the Global North and represent `Old-Timers' (Honolulu) and `For-All-Timers' (New York). However, `every city has elements of each, but it is the particular combination and concentrations that give individuality to any case.' This well-written, insightful, and informative book should appeal to all professionals and nonprofessionals interested in acquiring a new lens through which to make sense of the interrelated processes of globalization and urbanization. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. * CHOICE *
Fueled by advances in electronic communication and transportation technology, the globe is becoming more and more urbanized. Over the past two decades the expanding megacities of the Global South have had and continue to have a profound effect on the character of globalization at this critical historical juncture. Spencer's book is a path-breaking contribution to our understanding of this process. -- Edmond J. Keller, University of California, Los Angeles
This book illuminates and excites with its fresh approach to globalization and urbanization. Spencer argues for a new approach to understanding contemporary cities, highlighting four cities that are connected to world processes of long-distance interaction. Offering an innovative lens for interpreting and understanding cities in the new century, his work will appeal to new and seasoned students alike. -- Yue-man Yeung, Chinese University of Hong Kong
James Spencer's superb new study points us in a different direction as we struggle to understand the rapid urban transformation sweeping the planet. Spencer argues that an overly heavy emphasis on the change occurring in such 'global cities' as New York, Tokyo, London, and Shanghai is causing us to miss the most important panorama, the urban transformation of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He takes us on a grand tour to shift our perspective. He does not want us to miss what is perhaps the most important transformation in world history. -- Elliott Sclar, Columbia University

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