John Bryson, Ronald Kalafsky, and Vida Vanchan (Eds) (2021). Ordinary cities, extraordinary geographies

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Abstract

‘Ordinary Cities, Extraordinary Geographies’ by John Bryson, Ronald Kalafsky, and Vida Vanchan provides small town and city case studies which challenge these notions. Its introduction echoes Harold Innis’s (1921) comments on the dangers of exploitations of exploiting ‘new world’ peripheral colonies with the by indiscriminately adoption of adopting policies formulated in old-world core economies. While this volume does not specifically refer to small towns and cities as existing on the peripheries, the reality is many do relative to the core position of ‘global’ or large cities. And, as argued in this the book, discourse on what defines a ‘global’ city is dominated and shaped by European and North American scholars and by studies of select ‘global’ industries. There are significantly less fewer studies on alternative industries or geographies, where small places may emerge more prominently. The book does well to address this gap, supporting scholarship on the importance of small places and peripheries to understand the world urban and economic system.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
JournalGeographical Research
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 2022

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