Logan, J. R., & Molotch, H. L. (1987). Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place. Berkeley: University of California Press., 17-39 [22 pages]
1. In Logan and Molotch’s perspective, why do places challenge the conventional concept of a commodity?
2. According to Logan and Molotch, in which ways capitalists’ attachment to place is different from that of residents?
3. Why do Logan and Molotch suggest that places are “fictitious” commodities? [RC]
4. According to Logan and Molotch, what is distinctive about “structural speculators”?
5. From Logan and Molotch’s point of view, what is a “growth machine”? [RC]
Soja, E. and Scott A (1996). Introduction to Los Angeles, City and Region. In A. Scott, E. Soja, (Eds.). The City: Los Angeles and urban theory at the end of the twentieth century. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press., 1-21. [21 pages]
6. According to Soja and Scott, what happened to the Chinese immigrants and the Mexican “Californio” population between 1870-1900?
7. From Soja and Scott’s point of view, what were the main industries that promoted urban expansion during 1900-1920? [RC]
8. In Soja and Scott’s perspective, what are the two streams of internal migration promoted by the industrial job machine of 1920-1940?
9. According to Soja and Scott’s narrative, where did the largest growth of “mass suburbanization” happen during 1940-1970? [RC]
10. How do Soja and Scott define “technopoles” and where are they located? [RC]
11. According to Soja and Scott, when did deindustrialization happen and how is it related to the “bifurcation of regional labor markets”?