The world of the early 21st century already looks dramatically different from the world of the late 20th century. Globalization is bringing many different and far-flung areas into greatly intensified relations of competition and cooperation with one another. The First, Second, and Third Worlds have gone. New kinds of interpenetrating political institutions are multiplying at many different scales. Economic relations of production and consumption are being revolutionized by new digital technologies. Cities and their surrounding regions, contrary to many earlier predictions, continue to grow and spread. Distinguished Professor Emeritus Allen J Scott examines how the emerging cultural–cognitive economy of the 21st century is producing urban landscapes.
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