The Scholarship of Global Cities: The Enculturation of Cities’ Competitiveness in Malaysia and Marginalization of the Peripheral Cities

By Faizul Abdullah, Fatimah Yusof, Mohd. Yusof Hussain, Sivapalan Selvadurai and Naasah Nasrudin.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Since its inception in 1776, Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations appears to promulgate the notion of competitiveness as a raison d’etre in a free-market economic system and representative democracy political system. This philosophical thought has flourished for more than 2 centuries, and has constructed the social order by harnessing the powerful force of individual self-interest, and indeed, it seems to be the sole engine of the ethical capitalist system. This doctrine, inclined towards empiricism, scion systematically the manifestation of competitive free trade of one nation, on the premise that a country can effectively promotes its own wealth by providing a framework of laws that enables individuals to freely pursue interest for their own economic betterment. These manifestations, on the other hand, have accentuated the monopolizing character of the world economy by wresting on the principles of scarcity, and currently resonates the nexus of competitive growth in the spectrum of economic and social life. After much debate in theorizing on global cities scholarship, competitiveness is now a cliché and proclaimed a panacea for all economic deprivations and reckoned as the force for global security, on the pretext that societies around the world have become more integrated into the global capitalist system. The dialectics of competitiveness abound and are very well-inculcated into the culture of the new world order, the domination of economic globalization, the tenets of ‘corporatocracy’, and for the record they are generally all based in global cities which act as their command center. This paper will review the historical trajectories that highten the sholarship of global cities as hypothesized by Adam Smith, which have become so thoroughly ingrained into our intellectual discource on cities competitiveness today, especially for urban planners to comprehend how a globalized economy, controlled by global corporations having their command center in global cities, could marginalize urban space and form in other parts of the world peripheral cities region.

Keywords: World Economy, Global Cities, Marginalization and Peripheries Cities

Global Studies Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.29-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 641.098KB).

Faizul Abdullah

Senior Lecturer, Pusat Pengajian Ekistiks, Department of Town & Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Biographical notes: Faizul Abdullah is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Town and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia. He specializes in urban design and regional planning and teaches urban project management and infrastructure planning.

Dr. Fatimah Yusof

Associate Professor, Department of Town & Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, , Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, MALAYSIA, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Biographical notes: Fatimah Yusof is an Associate Professor in the Department of Town and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia. She specializes in urban design and regional planning and her teaching interest is urban geography and site planning. She obtained a MSc in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University, USA in 1989 and PhD in Geography from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2007.

Dr. Mohd. Yusof Hussain

Senior Lecturer, School of Social, Development & Environmental Studies, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi MALAYSIA, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Sivapalan Selvadurai

Senior Lecturer, School of Social, Development & Environmental Studies, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi MALAYSIA, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Naasah Nasrudin

Lecturer, Unit Pengajian Ekistiks,, Department of Town & Regional Planning,, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia


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