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The need for in-depth studies into glocalism are being recognised from several quarters, as increasingly complicated problems emerge in today’s world associated with glocalisation processes.

Issue 2014, 3: Global cities

“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.

In the spotlight
The city: today’s frontier zone. By S. Sassen Abstract : Cities are complex systems, but they are incomplete systems. All cities are becoming the same, but all cities are competing with each other. Here actors from different worlds meet, but there are no clear rules of engagement. It is in this context that the complex global city becomes a frontier space with political consequences.
From global cities to globalized urbanization. By N. Brenner, R. Keil Abstract : Urbanization rates across the world economy are now higher and more rapid than ever before in human history. What categories and models of urbanization are most appropriate for understanding these transformations, their origins, and their consequences, and for coming to terms with their wide-ranging implications? In this brief essay, we cannot attempt to survey the intricacies of diverse research traditions.
Tales of two cities: political capitals and economic centres in the world city network. By P. J. Taylor, B. Derudder Abstract : The majority of major cities in the world city network are capital cities. Between primacy and political specialization there are examples of countries where the capital city and a second city remain as major rival cities in contemporary globalization.
Next call for papers
Call for Papers 2015, 2, GLOCAL SOCIAL CAPITAL Call for Papers 2015, 2, GLOCAL SOCIAL CAPITAL Contrary to appearances, human relations in a globalized society seem to be becoming, in general, increasingly more significant, fed as they are by diverse forms of rationality not reducible to that of economy. Personal relations tend to integrate themselves into social networks that generate trust and create various types of interpersonal exchanges.
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“Glocalism. Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation” is published by “Globus et Locus", Milan, Italy

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