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Title:World cities are just 'basing points for capital': interacting with the world city from the global South
Author:Surborg, BjörnISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Geographic terms:Africa
urban development
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-011-9129-6
Abstract:There has been a substantial and continuous critique of the world city concept for several years now. One of the main thrusts this critique is taking is that the world city literature is insensitive to urbanization processes in the global South and builds its theoretical advances on the empirical examples and perspectives of the global North. This paper traces the origins of world city research before examining the more recent critique of this extensive literature on world cities. The main argument is that the concept of the world city as developed by many prominent writers on the topic is not a recent resurgence of modernization theory in urban studies, as implicitly submitted by its critics. Instead, it is not only conceptually relevant in the context of third world urbanization, but provides ample room for critical evaluations of urban development in Africa and the global South more generally. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]