City generics: external urban relations in ancient-Mesopotamian and modern-global city networks

Taylor, Peter (2019) City generics: external urban relations in ancient-Mesopotamian and modern-global city networks. Urban Geography, 40 (8). pp. 1210-1230. ISSN 0272-3638

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City generics is a research choice to explore continuities of urban process across time and space. Central flow theory is interpreted as generic and is operationalized using the interlocking network model. A nuanced generic approach is developed that respects differences in inter-city relations found in dissimilar social worlds, defined as world-systems. This is illustrated through the application of the interlocking network model to extremely different world-systems – the contemporary world-economy and the ancient Mesopotamian world-empire. In both cases data is collected and analysed to reveal a city network at the centre of societal reproduction; advanced producer services are enabling of corporate globalization through cities; advanced divine services are enabling of spiritual-political change through cities. Both analyses produce credible geographical results so that similarities and differences in results can be discussed as generic inter-city relations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Central flow theory, city networks, generics, Mesopotamian cities, world city network
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2019 11:00
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2020 15:17

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