2. Shrinking cities South/North

Ivonne Audirac, Jesús Arroyo Alejandre, editors

Precio (México) $350.00 pesos

Precio (USA) $27.55 dólares

Florida State University, Universidad de Guadalajara, UCLA Program on Mexico, Profmex/World, Juan Pablos Editor

265 Págs.

ISBN 978-607-7700-71-15

Año 2010

In today’s global processes, the so-called post-industrial tendency of industries and services to “move up” the technological ladder and “move out” to lower cost locations has interwoven cities from both the global North and South in complex production webs. In their wake, these processes, have profoundly affected the fortune of cities and regions by engaging them, abandoning them, or altogether bypassing them. “Shrinking Cities” connotes the “glocal” ravages of globalization as well as the challenges to urban revitalization.

Collectively this volume aims to shed light on the global dimensions of a phenomenon that, until recently, was believed to be primarily circumscribed to cities in the North. However, the fate and fortune of cities and regions in newly industrializin nations have not been immune to the vagaries of new waves of economic restructuring associated with fi nancial crises, rapid technological change, and vertiginous capital mobility.

From industrial suburbs in Paris, Glasgow, São Paulo, Mexico City and Guadalajara, to Panama’s historic central city and resource- based industrial towns in South and Eastern Australia and West-Central Mexico, this book offers an international panorama of cities, towns, and regions in transition in and out of decline. Each case study is an instantiation of industrial, economic, and/ or population shrinkage and of its socio-spatial repercussions. The authors are university researchers and scholars based in Australia, Brazil, France, Mexico, Panama and the US gathered together under the Shrinking Cities S/N Project. The project was sponsored by Florida State University, USA, the University Center of Business Administration and Economics (CUCEA) of the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Shrinking Cities International Research Network (SCiRN).


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