World City focuses its account on London, one of the greatest of these global cities. London is a city of delight and of creativity, of the generation of vast wealth and of acute poverty. It also presides over a country increasingly divided between North and South and over a neo-liberal form of globalisation the deregulation, financialisation and commercialisation of all aspects of life that results in an evermore unequal world.
World City explores how we can understand this complex narrative and asks a question that should be asked of any city: what does this place stand for?
This book will appeal to students of human geography, politics and sociology as well as to the general reader.
Preface: After the Crash ix
Introduction: ‘the future of our world’? 1
Part I Inventing a world city 27
1 Capital delight 29
2 ‘A successful city, but . . .’ 54
3 Imagining the city 73
Part II The world city in the country 95
4 The golden goose? 97
5 An alternative regional geography 114
6 Who owes whom? 130
7 Reworking the geographies of allegiance 149
Part III The world city in the world 163
8 Grounding the global 165
9 Identity, place, responsibility 177
10 A politics of place beyond place 188
Concluding reflections 211