“Cities are the spaces in which the global economy finds its raison d’être, and global politics finds its crises and new expression. Cities are the confluence of technological, material, monetary, and migratory flows. Above all, they are the manifestation of the new society, of innovation, and of the concretization of heretofore unknown possibilities for humanity.”
We wrote this in the call for papers that became the basis for this issue of Glocalism and for the many, wide-ranging contributions we have received and published, and we believe that it reflects the importance, as well as the complexity and evolving dynamics of the role global cities play in the present-day context.
On the one hand, papers such as the one written by Neil Brenner and Roger Keil provide a rich and broad overview of how the outlook on global or globalizing cities is evolving; on the other, contributions such as Saskia Sassen’s provide a focus on specific topics, such as that which considers “the large complex city, especially if global, as a new frontier zone.” After all, the international dimension clearly had erected frontier zones through borders, whereas glocalization is erecting them within social fabrics and global functions, and the dimension of the global city is becoming a space of frontiers, both economic and political.