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Social Economy of the Metropolis: Cognitive-Cultural Capitalism and the Global Resurgence of Cities



This book is about the renaissance of cities in the twenty first century and their increasing role as centers of creative economic activity. It attempts to put some conceptual and descriptive order around issues of urbanization in the contemporary world, emphasizing the idea of the social economy of the metropolis, which is to say, a view of the urban organism as an intertwined system of social and economic life played out through the arena of urban space. The book opens with a review of some essentials of urban theory, the book aims to re-articulate the urban question in a way that is relevant to city life and politics in the present era. It then analyses the functional characteristics of the urban economy, with special reference to the rise of a group of core sectors such as media, fashion, music, etc., focused on cognitive and cultural forms of work. These sectors are growing with great rapidity in the world's largest cities at the present time, and they play a major role in the urban resurgence that has been occurring of late. The discussion then explores the spatial ramifications of this new economy in cities and the ways in which it appears to be ushering in major shifts in divisions of labor and urban social stratification, as marked by a growing divide between a stratum of elite workers on the one side and a low-wage proletariat on the other. Allen Scott is one of the world's foremost thinkers on the economies of modern cities, and in this book presents a concise introduction to his innovative and insightful perspective.
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  • Dominic Power, 2010. "Social Economy of the Metropolis: Cognitive-Cultural Capitalism and the Global Resurgence of Cities," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(1), pages 131-132.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:44:y:2010:i:1:p:131-132
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400903557575

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    1. Charles H. Davis, 2011. "Media Industry Clusters and Public Policy," Chapters,in: Media Clusters, chapter 4 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Richard A. Walker, 2016. "Why Cities? A Response," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(1), pages 164-180, January.
    3. Allen J. Scott, 2010. "Space-Time Variations of Human Capital Assets Across U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1980 to 2000," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 86(3), pages 233-250, July.
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    5. Allen J. Scott, 2011. "Emerging cities of the third wave," City, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(3-4), pages 289-321, August.
    6. Carl Grodach, 2013. "Cultural Economy Planning in Creative Cities: Discourse and Practice," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 37(5), pages 1747-1765, September.
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    8. Allen J. Scott, 2012. "The Cultural Economy of Landscape and prospects for peripheral development in the twenty-first century: the case of the English Lake District," Chapters,in: Cultural Commons, chapter 4 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    9. Ignazio Vinci, 2014. "La pianificazione strategica nelle città del Mezzogiorno," SCIENZE REGIONALI, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2014(3), pages 73-101.
    10. Rogier van der Groep, 2014. "Flirting with Amsterdam: Reorganizing the Dutch Broadcasting Industry in Hilversum," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(12), pages 2639-2655, December.
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    14. Thailand Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board & World Bank, 2010. "Industrial Change in the Bangkok Urban Region," World Bank Other Operational Studies 27380, The World Bank.
    15. Gordon L. Clark, 2014. "Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography—Financial Literacy in Context," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 90(1), pages 1-23, January.
    16. Sébastien Breau & Dieter F. Kogler & Kenyon C. Bolton, 2014. "On the Relationship between Innovation and Wage Inequality: New Evidence from Canadian Cities," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 90(4), pages 351-373, October.
    17. Ingrid H. Garmann Johnsen, 2010. "Formal Project Organization and Informal Social Networks: Regional Advantages in the Emergent Animation Industry in Oslo, Norway," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(7), pages 1165-1181, October.
    18. Edward Soja, 2015. "Accentuate The Regional," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 39(2), pages 372-381, March.
    19. Tara Vinodrai, 2011. "Understanding Canada’s Evolving Design Economy," Chapters,in: Handbook of Creative Cities, chapter 8 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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