In search of the super-rich : who are they? Where are they?

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Cities and the super-rich : real estate, elite practices, and urban political economies

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Palgrave Macmillan


Cities, and particularly the leading world cities, are the sites where extreme inequalities find their most visible contemporary expression. They are, it seems, both the playgrounds and projects of a new overclass of super-rich. This introductory chapter sets out some of the conceptual key issues around these assumptions as a precursor to the more detailed discussions which follow. The chapter focuses on three questions: How do we construct this category of “super-rich”? Where do we find them? Where do cities and urban development fit into the picture? The final section of the chapter provides a brief guide to the structure and logic of the book.



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The work described in this introduction was substantially supported by a grant from the ESRC/RGC Joint Research Scheme sponsored by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the Economic and Social Research Council in the United Kingdom (Project reference no.: ES/K010263/1). {ES/K010263/1}

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ISBN of the source publication: 9781137557155

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Forrest, R., Wissink, B., & Koh, S. Y. (2017). In search of the super-rich: Who are they? Where are they? In R. Forrest, S. Y. Koh, & B. Wissink (Eds.), Cities and the super-rich: Real estate, elite practices, and urban political economies (pp. 1-18). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-54834-4_1