Globalizing Urban Economies and Social Inequality: An Empirical Assessment. The Case of Amsterdam and Rotterdam

  • Jack Burgers
  • Jeroen van der Waal
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 93)


One of the key arguments in the grand narratives on globalization is that of time-space compression. Reflecting the discussion on the relations between globalization and inequality, this chapter argues that the most important local effect of the immensely increased mobility has been a process of fragmentation of cities. The chapter will focus on an empirical background on the changing international division of labour, which caused the deindustrialization of the advanced economies and consequently put the Keynesian welfare-state under heavy pressure; the spectacular growth in and use of communications technology, especially the internet; and the rapidly growing international mobility of people, both in the form of long distance migration and of international tourism. The chapter will elaborate the notion of the fragmentation of cities, using illustrations from the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.


Social Inequality International Competition Urban Economy Company Size International Exposure 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack Burgers
    • 1
  • Jeroen van der Waal
  1. 1.Department of SociologyErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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