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11.426 Cities and Globalization

Cities examined in the context of globalization. Subject examines changing nature and character of cities as produced by increased transnational migration flows, accelerated international trade, diminished institutional capacities of states (both local and national), and new forms of urban employment investment, and economic restructuring in an age of globalization. Among themes discussed are globalization’s impact on the economic health, social and ethnic composition, political dynamics, and urban policy priorities of cities. Readings focus mainly on the American urban experience, including Boston, and Detroit, with additional emphasis on “global cities” (New York City, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Sao Paolo), and how transformations in these locales produce increasing urban inequality both nationally and world-wide.

Region: Global (all regions)

MIT Department: Urban Studies and Planning

Contact: Del Cerro, Gerardo



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