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Contents List of boxes List of figures List of tables List of plates Preface Chapter 1 Global patterns and perspectives Introduction Studying the urban world A global economy? A global society? Conclusion Chapter 2 Urban populations and urban places Introduction The contemporary urban world A world of towns and cities City size distributions and the global urban hierarchy Economic theories of urban formation Social theories of urban formation Conclusion Chapter 3 Urban growth and urbanization: historical patterns Introduction Urban growth Urbanization Stages of urban development Reasons for urban growth and urbanization Stages of global urban development Urbanization in a capitalist world-economy Conclusion Chapter 4 Urban development as a global phenomenon Introduction The new global economic order Global finance Global services The new political geography The urbanization of the developing world Conclusion Chapter 5 Socio-economic consequences of global urban development Introduction The urban informal sector Shanty towns Service provision Health Conclusion Chapter 6 Urban culture and global urban society Introduction Culture and community in an aspatial world Global media services Urban imagery and values Global urban culture or cultures? Conclusion Chapter 7 World cities Introduction The hierarchy of world cities The growth and activities of the institutions of global capital The concentration of command and control Business information and decision-making Increasing global reach Representing and promoting places as world cities Tokyo as an example of a world city Conclusion Chapter 8 The future urban world Introduction The urban future Issues of sustainability Urban sustainability Managing the urban future Conclusion Appendix 1 Urban sources definitions and data Definitions Data References
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Cities and towns, Urbanization, Sociology, Urban