A critical analysis of perceptions of world cities

Taylor, Nicholas J. E. (2006) A critical analysis of perceptions of world cities. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    World cities are the fundamental cogs in the operation of the global economy and their role in our lives is ever growing. There have been many studies, which have dissected, defined and listed the world cities, but none have formulated a comparative study between academic perceptions, the international media and an educated sample of geography students. The approach to this study was achieved by covering three areas: (i) academic perceptions across several fields of thought within the world city debate; (ii) news, business and financial articles in five international broadsheet newspapers; (iii) questionnaire completed by two educated sample groups from students at the University of Portsmouth. The paper seeks to set out an evaluation of the perceptions arising from these three areas. The conclusion drawn from the results of this analysis illustrated that there was some agreement, but no clear definition in what constituted a world city, while the number of world cities differed. This study is thus a first step in taking an alternative view of this ever evolving field of thought and opens the door for further avenues of debate.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/232

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