Chase-Dunn’s Scholarship on Cities and Urbanization


  • Michael Timberlake University of Utah





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______________ and David Smith. 1988. “Urban bias, dependence, and economic stagnation in noncore nations.” American Sociological Review 53(3): 454-463/

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___________________. 2013. “World city typologies and national city system deterritorialization: USA, China, and Japan.” Urban Studies 50(2): 255-275.

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How to Cite

Timberlake, M. (2017). Chase-Dunn’s Scholarship on Cities and Urbanization. Journal of World-Systems Research, 23(2), 584–603.



Special Feature: Contributions of Christopher Chase-Dunn