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New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: Americas Global Cities
New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: Americas Global Cities by Janet L. Abu-Lughod 0816633355 9780816633357
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New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: Americas Global Cities by Janet L. Abu-Lughod

New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles -- for all their differences, they are quintessentially American cities. They are also among the handful of cities on the earth that can be called global. Janet L. Abu-Lughods book is the first to compare them in an ambitious in-depth study that takes into account each citys unique history, following their development from their earliest days to their current status as players on the global stage.<P>Unlike most other global cities, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles all quickly grew from the nearly blank slate of the American landscape to become important beyond the nations borders early in their histories. As a result, Abu-Lughod is able to show the overall effect of globalization on each citys development. While all three are critical to global economics and the spread of American culture to the farthest reaches of an increasingly interlinked world, their influence reflects their individual histories and personalities. In a masterful synthesis of historical and economic information, Abu-Lughod clarifies how each citys global role is -- and will be -- affected by geography, ethnicity of population, political institutions, and tradition of governance.<P>New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are more than global players: they are also home to forty million people. Abu-Lughod closes the book with a set of vignettes that captures the cities differences as perceived by one who has lived in them. Bringing together the local and the global in thoroughly unexpected and enlightening ways, this important volume offers fascinating insight into these vital urban centers.

Author: Janet L. Abu-Lughod

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 592

Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press

Publication Date: 1999-07-26

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