ABSTRACT

In this chapter I want to build on the ideas formulated in the previous chapter by presenting case studies of a range of globalizing cities. The cities and their respective population sizes are shown in Table 4.1. The number of the times each city was represented in fifteen “world city” studies as well as its composite index of world cityness, as devised by Beaverstock et al. (1999b) is shown in Table 4.2. Other cities could have been chosen but this is a representative sample of what we may term non-world cities as defined by the prevailing paradigm. Table 4.2 also gives the same data for London, New York and Tokyo to aid in comparison. The data shown in Table 4.2 reveal that the case study cities are not the usual suspects of “world city” research, yet, as I will show, they embody, reflect and transmit processes of globalization. Particular attention will be placed on processes of reglobalization in all the cities. I will also focus on spectacle (Barcelona, Sydney), economic centers (Seattle, Sioux Falls), urban regime theory (Beijing, Havana, Sioux Falls), cultural globalization (Prague) and urban representation (Sioux

Falls). Each of the cities is discussed as both a unique place and as a representative of these themes. I have drawn on a wide range of studies to document the case studies; some of the more important sources are shown in Table 4.3.