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How Manufacturing Affects the Development of World City: A Case Study of Guangzhou in China

Version 1 : Received: 11 January 2018 / Approved: 11 January 2018 / Online: 11 January 2018 (16:16:02 CET)

How to cite: Li, W.; Xue, D.; Huang, X. How Manufacturing Affects the Development of World City: A Case Study of Guangzhou in China. Preprints 2018, 2018010103 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0103.v1). Li, W.; Xue, D.; Huang, X. How Manufacturing Affects the Development of World City: A Case Study of Guangzhou in China. Preprints 2018, 2018010103 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0103.v1).

Abstract

In the world city theory, most researchers focus on the service sector in the urban economy and less discuss the role of manufacturing. However, the path of only emphasizing financial and corporate service could not fit the sustainability concept. Compared to Anglo-American world city, Global South’s world cities have distinct pathway to be industrialization, tertiarization and globalization. This paper adopted dynamic historic perspective with first-hand materials including in-depth interviews with managers and government officers and second-hand data including yearbook statics and economic census to closely examine the emerging world city-- ‘World Factory’ in Global South, Guangzhou in China, from 1949 to 2015, to emphasize how manufacturing affects the urban globalization through three dimensions, economic, social and spatial dimensions. To make the confirmation of the role of manufacturing in Guangzhou as sustainable world city, we find manufacturing in Guangzhou builds up the basic foundation of export-oriented economy and makes positive effects on urban economic transformation. In addition, manufacturing remains important source of employment and foreign immigration. Along with urbanization and industrialization, urban spatial expansion and aggregation changes with different urban development concept. We provide new insights on multiple globalization on manufacturing for sustainable world city.

Subject Areas

manufacturing; world city; sustainable development; Guangzhou China

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