Contemporary Metropolitan Cities

Xiangming Chen and Henry Fitts

in The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199589531
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Contemporary Metropolitan Cities


This article discusses the growth of metropolitan cities and city-regions, most notably in the United States, East and South East Asia, and Latin America. The analysis focuses on patterns of social and spatial inequality, the impact of globalization, and the problems of governance and finance of such sprawling, over-extended entities, and the implications for transport and infrastructure.

Keywords: metropolitan city; city-regions; inequality; globalization; governance; finance

Article.  8682 words. 

Subjects: History ; World History

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