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Commodity Chains and World Cities

  • ID: 2249110
  • Book
  • September 2010
  • Region: Global
  • 210 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Transnational spatial relations offer a key point from which to study the geographies of contemporary globalization. This book assesses the possible cross–fertilization between two of the most notable analytical frameworks in this area: the world city network (WCN) framework, in which researchers have studied the emergence of a globalized urban system; and secondly, the global commodity chain (GCC) framework, in which researchers have scrutinized the interconnected functions, operations and transactions through which specific goods are produced, distributed and consumed in a globalized economy.

Both literatures have emerged as critiques of conventional, state–centric social science interpretations of their subject matters, and they both propose what might be called global network alternatives . Bringing together contributions of key researchers from human geography, economics, and sociology, the editors take advantage of this parallel to investigate how both models may benefit from each other.

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1. World Cities and Global Commodity Chains: An introduction (Ben Derudder and Frank Witlox).

2. World City Networks and Global Commodity Chains: Towards a World–Systems′ Integration (Ed Brown, Ben Derudder, Christof Parnreiter, Wim Pelupessy, Peter J. Taylor and Frank Witlox).

3. Global cities in Global Commodity Chains: Exploring the Role of Mexico City in the Geography of Global Economic Governance (Christof Parnreiter).

4. City Networks and Commodity Chains: Identifying Global Flows and Local Connections in Ho Chi Minh City (Ingeborg Vind and Niels Fold).

5. Cities, Material Flows and the Geography of Spatial Interaction: Urban Places in the System of Chains (Markus Hesse).

6. Integrating World Cities into Production Networks: The Case of Port Cities (Wouter Jacobs, Cesar Ducruet and Peter De Langen).

7. Intra–firm and Extra–firm Linkages in the Knowledge Economy: The Case of the Emerging Mega–city Region of Munich (Stefan Lüthi, Alain Thierstein and Viktor Goebel).

8. Making Connections: Global Production Networks and World City Networks (Neil M. Coe, Peter Dicken, Martin Hess and Henry Wai–Cheung Yeung).

9. Global Inter–city Networks and Commodity Chains: Any Intersections? (Saskia Sassen).


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Ben Derudder
Frank Witlox
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