The structure and morphology of cities in developing areas: can we generalise?
As noted in the previous chapter, many cities in the developing world have undergone major structural transformations in the last 50 years, not least due to the rapid process of decolonisation which has taken place in Asia, Mrica and the Caribbean. As more people are being drawn closer together through new transport and communication links, and changes in commerce and the media, the notion of global cities has attracted much geographical attention (Hamnett, 1995; Knox, 1996), as stressed in Chapter 3. Global or world cities, as they are also known (Hall, 1966), are those deemed to be places of intensive interaction which undertake major economic, social and political roles in the accumulation of capital. Global city status is ascribed to those cities which are centres of power and where 'a disproportionate part of the world's most important business is conducted' (Hall, 1966: 7).