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The Local and the Global: Management of Cities in the Information Age

By: Jordi Borja and Manuel Castells

277 pages, Figs, tabs, maps


Paperback | Dec 1997 | #60618 | ISBN: 1853834416
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This book, by two of the world's most highly respected urban geographers, challenges the widespread vision that cities will soon disappear. They argues that the specific role of cities will become increasingly important in the new circumstances. Unless a dynamic and creative relationship between the local and the global is established, enabling cities to remain the focus of social organisation, political management and cultural expression, the enormous social and environmental problems of urbanisation will prove unmanageable.


Globalization, informationalization and management of cities; the impact of globalization on the spatial and social structure of cities; the city of women; the multicultural city; cities as political agents; urban policies in globalization; strategic plans and metropolitan projects; metropolitan city government; cities in the world scenario.

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Jordi Borja is a member of the Municipal Government of Barcelona and was, until recently, Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Barcelona. Manel Castells is Professor of City and Regional Planning, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Center for Western European Studies at the University of California, Berkely.

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