Globalization and Cities, a working bibliography

And there will be also about a billion people, new billion urbanized folk around the world that were not urbanized before. For the first time in the history of the world, more than 50 percent of the people living on our planet now live in urban areas. So those two factors, urbanization, rapid urbanization, and rapid entry into the middle class are going to cause, again, a higher plateau of food and commodity pricing with scarcity. – Muhtar Kent (Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Co.) Excerpt from a conversation on the Charlie Rose Show, Tuesday, June 9, 2009.

The modern age is the urbanization of the countryside, not ruralization of the city as in antiquity. – Karl Marx, The Grundrisse

I’m getting ready to teach some courses coming up and to do so, I started to prepare a working bibliography on globalization and cities. Thought I’d share it, but with the caveat that it is, as anything about globalization and cities would be, incomplete. I will be adding more books soon and I am also in the process of adding many more journal articles. A section or future post will also be specifically for other resources, including websites and movies. Take the jump for the whole list.

Brenner, Neil. State/Space : A Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2003.

Brenner, Robert. The Boom and the Bubble: The U.S. In the World Economy. London ; New York: Verso, 2002.

—. The Economics of Global Turbulence: The Advanced Capitalist Economies from Long Boom to Long Downturn, 1945-2005. London ; New York: Verso, 2006.

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Davis, Mike. City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles. 1st Vintage Books ed. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.

—. “The Next Little Dollar: The Private Governments of San Diego.” Under the Perfect Sun : The San Diego Tourists Never See. Eds. Mike Davis, Jim Miller and Kelly Mayhew. New York: New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2003.

Foster, John Bellamy. Naked Imperialism: The U.S. Pursuit of Global Dominance. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2006.

Gandy, Matthew. Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in New York City. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002.

Gandy, Matthew, and Alimuddin Zumla. The Return of the White Plague: Global Poverty and The “New” Tuberculosis. London ; New York: Verso, 2003.

García Canclini, Néstor. Consumidores Y Ciudadanos: Conflictos Multiculturales De La Globalización. México, D.F.: Grijalbo, 1995.

—. La Globalización Imaginada. 1a ed. Buenos Aires: Paidós, 1999.

—. Hybrid Cultures: Strategies for Entering and Leaving Modernity. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.

García Canclini, Néstor, Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, and Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (Mexico). Seminario de Estudios de la Cultura. Culturas En Globalización: América Latina, Europa, Estados Unidos : Libre Comercio E Integración. 1. ed. Caracas, Venezuela: CNCA; CLACSO; Nueva Sociedad, 1996.

Garreau, Joel. Edge City: Life on the New Frontier. 1st ed. New York: Doubleday, 1991.

Graham, Stephen, and Simon Marvin. Splintering Urbanism: Networked Infrastructures, Technological Mobilities and the Urban Condition. London ; New York: Routledge, 2001.

Hackworth, Jason R. The Neoliberal City: Governance, Ideology, and Development in American Urbanism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007.

Hannigan, John. Fantasy City: Pleasure and Profit in the Postmodern Metropolis. London ; New York: Routledge, 1998.

Hardt, Michael, and Antonio Negri. Empire. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Hartman, Chester W., and Sarah Carnochan. City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Harvey, David. “Money, Time, Space, and the City.” The Urban Experience. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

—. The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change. Cambridge, Mass., USA: Blackwell, 1989.

—. The Limits to Capital. London; New York: Verso, 2006.

—. Spaces of Global Capitalism : Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development. London ; New York, NY: Verso, 2006.

—. Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development. London ; New York, NY: Verso, 2006.

Haub, Carl. “What Is a City? What Is Urbanization?” 2009. Population Reference Bureau. December 20 2009. <>.

Huyssen, Andreas. Present Pasts : Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Jameson, Fredric. “Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.” New Left Review I.146 (1984): 53-92.

Lefebvre, Henri. The Urban Revolution. Trans. Robert Bononno. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

Lefebvre, Henri, Neil Brenner, and Stuart Elden. State, Space, World : Selected Essays. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

Logan, John R., and Harvey Luskin Molotch. Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1987.

Marx, Karl. A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy. New York,: International Publishers, 1970.

—. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. Trans. Ben Fowkes. Penguin classics ed. London ; New York, N.Y.: Penguin Books in association with New Left Review, 1990.

Moore, Jason W. “Ecology and the Rise of Capitalism.” Thesis Ph D in Geography –Univ of California Fall 2007, 2007.

Ong, Aihwa, and ebrary Inc. Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty. Durham N.C.: Duke University Press, 2006.

Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. 2nd Beacon Paperback ed. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2001.

Roy, Ananya, and Nezar AlSayyad. Urban Informality : Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia. Transnational Perspectives on Space and Place. Lanham, Md. Berkeley, Calif.: Lexington Books; Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 2004.

Sassen, Saskia. The Global City : New York, London, Tokyo. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1991.

—. “Spatialities and Temporalities of the Global: Elements for a Theorization.” Public Culture (2000).

—. Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2006.

Scott, Allen John. On Hollywood: The Place, the Industry. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2005.

Simmel, Georg. “The Metropolis and Mental Life.” Ed. Kurt H. Wolff. New York, N.Y. London: Free Press ; Collier Macmillan, 1964. lxiv, 445.

Smith, Michael P. Transnational Urbanism: Locating Globalization. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 2001.

Smith, Neil. Uneven Development: Nature, Capital, and the Production of Space. New York, NY: Blackwell, 1984.

—. The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City. London ; New York: Routledge, 1996.

—. Uneven Development : Nature, Capital, and the Production of Space. 3rd ed. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Steinberg, Philip E., and Rob Shields. What Is a City?: Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrina. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Swyngedouw, E. Social Power and the Urbanization of Water : Flows of Power. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Tafuri, Manfredo. Architecture and Utopia : Design and Capitalist Development. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1976.

Terranova, Tiziana. Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age. London ; Ann Arbor, MI: Pluto Press, 2004.

Varnelis, Kazys. The Infrastructural City : Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles. Barcelona ; New York [Los Angeles] [New York]: Actar; 2008.

Walker, Richard. The Conquest of Bread: 150 Years of Agribusiness in California. New York: New Press : Distributed by Norton, 2004.

Walker, Richard A. “A Theory of Suburbanization: Capitalism and the Construction of Urban Space in the United States.” Urbanization and Urban Planning in Capitalist Society. Eds. M. J. Dear and Allen John Scott. New York, N.Y.: Methuen, 1981. 382-429.

Wirth, Louis. “Urbanism as a Way of Life.” The American Journal of Sociology 44.1 (1938): 1-24.

Wright, Melissa W. Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Yúdice, George. The Expediency of Culture : Uses of Culture in the Global Era. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

Zukin, Sharon. Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.


3 thoughts on “Globalization and Cities, a working bibliography

  1. Thank you Javier! this is very generous of you and I appreciate your time in bringing these together..Mike Davis’ Late Victorian Holocausts is also a one very striking account of the history of famine in the 19th century (taking your epigraph quotes into account) just at the time when a new imperialism emerged with the advent of infrastructure.

  2. Thanks Sevin. I’m actually going to read Late Victorian Holocausts in the coming months and likely adding it to the list.

  3. Nice Biblio:

    I would suggest

    Mike Davis’s Planet of the Slum


    Engels’s On the Housing Question

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