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Issue 2014, 3: Global cities

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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.

Thus, cities must be conceptually reconfigured with respect to their new global context, avoiding the reductionism of merely reflecting on urbanization processes and, instead, using the urban context to envisage political practices of globalization. Today, the political nature of spatial relationships has emerged in all its dramatic force, due to the physical contraction of the spaces of life and the intensification of human relations. In other words, a new idea of citizenship is at stake. After the “glocal” citizenship has been defined, we should discuss whether we can speak of values and practices inherent to this political community and whether we can (or should) speak of a new idea of democratic participation and a new form of political representation.

To this end, traditional political categories are no longer sufficient to fathom the deliberate and involuntary deployments of global policy. We need to foster the process with new conceptual categories, whose roots lie deep in the – variegated and dynamic – empirical reality of globalization. We must contextually analyze the new social practices, which find their expression in cities, around cities, and in the polyarchic relationships between cities. In point of fact, the global network of cities seems to have become the new form of governance and the new manifestation of polity that is increasingly being constructed.

“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.
Current Issue's Articles
Aims of city development: a sociological view. By N. A. Kostko
Abstract : This article asks its readers to consider the main approaches defining the opportunity to apply such notions as social space, social quality, standard of living, identity and social activity to the sphere of municipal administration in city development.
Bombay in Salman Rushdie’s novels: a study from global perspective. By M. Roy, A. G. Roy
Abstract : Bombay, the city where Salman Rushdie spent his childhood, features prominently in four of his novels, namely Midnight’s Children (1981), The Satanic Verses (1988), The Moor’s Last Sigh (1995) and The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999).
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.
Melbourne versus Sydney: semiotic reflections on first and second cities. By M. Leone
Abstract : Urban marketing has recently been adopting the concept, and the label, of “second city”. However, this concept requires sharper theoretical definition in order to turn heuristic.
Milan in the age of global contract. By P. Perulli
Abstract : Milan is not only the golden location of the fashion and design industries as well as hightech research centres.
Rape in the metropolis: the geography of crime in Delhi. By A. V. Dwivedi
Abstract : This paper is a study of rape in the national capital of India, and the focus is on the amendments of rape law aftermath 12 December 2012 crime.
Supermodernity, distraction, schizophrenia: walking in Tokyo & Hong Kong. By I. Ho-Yin Fong
Abstract : The architecture in a supermodern city has no sense of the place where it is located.
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.
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.