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Edward W. Soja

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281721

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281721.001.0001

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A Look Beyond Los Angeles

A Look Beyond Los Angeles

(p.171) SIX A Look Beyond Los Angeles
My Los Angeles

Edward W. Soja

University of California Press

This is a transitional chapter that removes the primary focus from Los Angeles. First, Soja discusses his critical spatial perspective, summarizing key ideas from Postmodern Geographies, Thirdspace, and Postmetropolis. Western social thought is seen as deeply shaped by social historicism and a bicameral logic focused on sociality and historicality. Soja insistently adds a third term, spatiality, and argues that every aspect of human life is simultaneously social, historical, and spatial. The chapter goes on to discuss the major trends affecting all cities in the twenty-first century. Building on the interplay of general trend and local particularity, Soja discusses the urbanization of the world and the growing concentration of wealth, innovation, and power in a global network of five hundred megacity regions. The unbounding of the modern metropolis is seen as spreading urban conditions into the rainforest, the deserts, the tundra, and the ice caps, every square inch of the earth’s surface. The urbanization of the globe is accompanied by the globalization of the urban, the creation of the most culturally and economically heterogeneous cities the world has ever seen. Also connected are the urbanization of suburbia; the extraordinary urban industrialization of China; and the continuing influence of the transdisciplinary spatial turn.

Keywords:   socio-spatial dialectic, social historicism, space-time, spatiality, Jane Jacobs externalities, urbanization of the world, globalization of the urban, supra-national regionalism, spatial turn

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