A World in Emergence

A World in Emergence

Cities and Regions in the 21st Century

Allen J. Scott

Beginning with the recent history of capitalism and urbanization and moving into a thorough and complex discussion of the modern city, this book outlines the dynamics of what the author calls the third wave of urbanization, characterized by global capitalism’s increasing turn to forms of production revolving around technology-intensive artifacts, financial services, and creative commodities such as film, music, and fashion. The author explores how this shift toward a cognitive and cultural economy has caused dramatic changes in the modern economic landscape in general and in the form and function of world cities in particular. Armed with cutting-edge research and decades of expertise, Allen J. Scott breaks new ground in identifying and explaining how the cities of the past are being reshaped into a complex system of global economic spaces marked by intense relationships of competition and cooperation.


Allen J. Scott

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, urban economics, geography, cities, social policy and sociology, sociology and sociological theory, urban and regional studies, cities, urban economics, urban studies


A World in Emergence SCOTT 9781781009307 PRINT.indd i 27/09/2012 15:48 SCOTT 9781781009307 PRINT.indd ii 27/09/2012 15:48 A World in Emergence Cities and Regions in the 21st Century Allen J. Scott University of California, Los Angeles, USA Edward Elgar Cheltenham, UK • Northampton, MA, USA SCOTT 9781781009307 PRINT.indd iii 27/09/2012 15:48

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