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How to Build a Global City: Recognizing the Symbolic Power of a Global Urban Imagination

Michele Acuto


This book considers the rise of a new generation of so-called global cities—Singapore, Sydney, and Dubai—and the power that this concept had in their ascent, in order to analyze the general relationship between global city theory and its urban public policy practice. The global city is often invoked in theory and practice as an ideal model of development and a logic of internationalization for cities the world over. But the global city also creates deep social polarization and challenges how much local planning can achieve in a world economy. Presenting a unique elite ethnography in Singapore, ... More

Keywords: global cities, Singapore, Sydney, Dubai, urban public policy, global city

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9781501759703
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501759703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Acuto, author
University of Melbourne