Second Cities

Globalization and Local Politics in Manchester and Philadelphia

Jerome I. Hodos
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2012
Kenneth Jackson Best Book Award from the Urban History Association, 2011
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PB: $31.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-0232-5
Publication: Aug 13

HC: $71.50
EAN: 978-1-4399-0231-8
Publication: May 11

Ebook: $31.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-0233-2
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264 pages
6 x 9
8 tables, 3 figs., 13 halftones, 5 maps

How Philadelphia and Manchester have successfully grappled with globalization, carving out a series of distinctive niche roles for themselves over time

Read the Introduction (pdf).


"Hodos’s in-depth qualitative study, drawing on both archival and secondary sources, presents the social history of Philadelphia and Manchester and how they achieved their present status as major metropolises. It is hard to imagine a more carefully researched study of the two cities. Hodos writes with verve and enthusiasm, and the sheer volume of the original scholarship, together with the interesting sociological framework of the comparative study, makes this an innovative, top-notch book. Second Cities is essential reading, and it should become part of a venerated tradition of urban historical case studies." David Smith, Professor of Sociology and Planning, Policy and Design at the University of California, Irvine

"Hodos’s study is stimulating and innovative. Second Cities is lively, to the point, and filled with interesting illustrations. The two cases of Manchester and Philadelphia are fascinating and carefully researched, and Hodos’s important ‘view from the bottom’ look at the global urban system from the perspective of cities also provides an interesting perspective on a wide range of subjects connected to urban development." Paul Kantor, Professor of Political Science at Fordham University

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures Acknowledgments 1 Introduction: Globalization, Urbanization, and the Second City 2 The Era of Second City Formation, 1770–1840 3 Second City Economies 4 Migration Patterns in Second Cities 5 Making Global Culture: Ideas and Innovation in Second Cities 6 Municipal Foreign Policy: Planning for Global Integration 7 Identity and Governance in the Second City 8 A World of Cities? Notes References Index

About the Author(s)

Jerome I. Hodos is Associate Professor of Sociology at Franklin & Marshall College. He is a contributor to Social Capital in the City (Temple) and The City in American Political Development.


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