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The Urban Economy as a Nexus of Disembedding and Reembedding

By Reembedding Processes and Dieter Laepple


Much of recent literature on globalization has focused on the impact of worldwide telematics, corporate globalization strategies and the rise of global economic ne t-works – tendencies which foster the disembedding of economic functions and social relationships from their locally bound contexts of interaction. In my paper I shall argue that globalization does indeed foster processes of regional disembedding. However, when looking at a city as a local or regional “socioeconomy”, some forms of re-embedding and new forms of local governance can be found at the same time. A case study of the city of Hamburg will show how globalization processes reshape the urban socio-economy in very different ways. In an empirical analysis the urban economy will be subdivided into “urban clusters ” according to their specific historical traditions and linkages as well as their different forms of integration into global, n a-tional, and local contexts. This approach will facilitate highlighting the interplay of disembedding and re-embedding processes. Globalization versus „Neo-Regionalism

Year: 1999
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