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Second cities : Globalization and local politics in Manchester and Philadelphia

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Second cities : Globalization and local politics in Manchester and Philadelphia


, mondialisation, second city, Manchester, Philadelphia, Philadelphie, métropole, histoire urbaine, développement urbain, Hodos Jerome I., gestion locale, gouvernance, collectivités locales, politique de la ville


Abstract from the publisher :
Manchester, England, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are what sociologist Jerome Hodos calls second cities—viable alternatives to well-known global cities such as London and New York. In Second Cities, Hodos considers how Manchester and Philadelphia have confronted problems of globalization over the past two centuries.

This thought-provoking, comparative look at these cities examines their histories, economies, migration patterns, cultural innovations, transportation planning, and self-identities. Hodos demonstrates not just how the two cities are positioned in global flows of capital, goods, people, and ideas but also how each has used what he calls “municipal foreign policy” to preserve and rejuvenate its position over time. The second city offers an illustrative lens through which to view other urban centers, from Atlanta to Bangalore, Seattle, and Turin.

Hodos’s description and analysis of urban development over a broad time frame offer lessons for policy makers, scholars, and community leaders concerned with the impact of globalization on their own cities.
Jerome I. Hodos is Associate Professor of Sociology at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania.


Jerome I. Hodos


Temple University Press


May 2011