Geographies of the Super-Rich


Geographies of the Super-Rich

9781782540267 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Iain Hay, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, Australia
Publication Date: 2014 ISBN: 978 1 78254 026 7 Extent: 240 pp
This timely and path-breaking book brings together a group of distinguished and emerging international scholars to critically consider the geographical implications of the world’s super-rich, a privileged yet remarkably overlooked group.

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This timely and path-breaking book brings together a group of distinguished and emerging international scholars to critically consider the geographical implications of the world’s super-rich, a privileged yet remarkably overlooked group.

Emerging from this unique collection is an enlightening picture of the influence of the super-rich over a diverse range of affairs, extending from the shape of urban and rural landscapes to the future of art history. By concentrating on those at the apex of the economic pyramid, this book provides valuable insights to the institutions, practices and cultural values of our society, as well as allowing us a more comprehensive view of the consequences of global capitalism. Presenting case studies from across the globe – from Singapore to St Barts, London to Lexington – the spatial and cultural span of the book is wide-ranging and diverse.

This truly unique book will prove a fascinating read for academics, researchers and students in the fields of geography, regional and urban studies, sociology, political science and development studies.
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‘The twelve chapters chart the global geography of the super-rich and provide an effective sociocultural framework for understanding and analyzing the practical economics of wealth at work, home, and play. In doing so, the authors articulate a new geography of abundance (p. 7) and globalization that heretofore has remained hidden behind the gates of country clubs, secure doors of skyboxes, and the confines of elite auction houses. . . In sum, the collection is solid and well thought out. Indeed, Hay has marshaled a collection that succinctly demonstrates the ways in which the culture, economics, and politics of the super-rich drive globalization.’
– Jay D. Gatrell, Journal of Regional Science

‘Globalization, it seems, has propelled the world’s uber-wealthy to new heights of power and money, with tremendous repercussions for the other 99.9 percent of us. At a time when neoliberalism has propelled the world into a new Gilded Age, with rising inequality everywhere, an aggressive class war being waged by the wealthy, and billionaires inserting themselves bluntly into the politicalf arena, understanding the behavior and spatiality of the super-rich has acquired a pressing urgency. This volume offers a richly textured suite of essays concerning how the super-rich have restructured local places, transforming landscapes as varied as London and Kentucky, Ireland and St. Barts, as well as domains as varied as art, thoroughbred horses, and housing.’
– Barney Warf, University of Kansas, US

‘The world’s super-rich, made up of just 11 million people, have access to about US$42.0 trillion of wealth. These are people who each have a spare million of “liquid” wealth. Their wealth is roughly equal to two thirds of global GDP. They own most of everything. As the editor of this books states “. . . library shelves and the pages of journals remain largely devoid of geographical work on the super-rich – a startling lacuna this volume sets out to fill”. The super-rich now own most of the planet. During the last year their share fell slightly. Times may be changing. Now is the time to begin to study the super–rich in detail, especially if you are worried about where all the wealth has gone.’
– Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield, UK
Contributors: J.V. Beaverstock, S. Chauvin, B. Cousin, M. Fasche, S.J.E. Hall, I. Hay, P. McGuirk, P. McManus, L. Murphy, C. Paris, C.-P. Pow, S.M. Roberts, R.H. Schein, J.R. Short, T. Wainwright, K. Wilkins, M. Woods

Foreword: From Kosrae to Kensington: Uncovering Cartographies of Abundance
Iain Hay

1. Establishing Geographies of the Super-Rich: Axes for Analysis of Abundance
Iain Hay

2. Economic Wealth and Political Power in the Second Gilded Age
John Rennie Short

3. Overseeing the Fortunes of the Global Super-Rich: The Nature of Private Wealth Management in London’s Financial District
Jonathan V. Beaverstock, Sarah J.E. Hall and Thomas Wainwright

4. ‘The World Needs a Second Switzerland’: Onshoring Singapore as the Liveable City for the Super-Rich
Choon-Piew Pow

5. ‘Super-Rich’ Irish Property Developers and the Celtic Tiger Economy
Laurence Murphy and Pauline McGuirk

6. The Homes of the Super-Rich: Multiple Residences, Hyper-mobility and Decoupling of Prime Residential Housing in Global Cities
Chris Paris

7. A Study of the Dominance of the Super-Wealthy in London’s West End During the Nineteenth Century
Kathryn Wilkins

8. The Elite Countryside: Shifting Rural Geographies of the Transnational Super-Rich
Michael Woods

9. The Super-Rich, Horses and the Transformation of a Rural Landscape in Kentucky
Susan M. Roberts and Richard H. Schein

10. The Sport of Kings, Queens, Sheiks and the Super-Rich: Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing as Leisure for the Super-Rich
Phil McManus

11. Making Art History – Wealthy Private Collectors and Contemporary Visual Art
Melanie Fasche

12. Islanders, Immigrants and Millionaires: The Dynamics of Upper-Class Segregration in St. Barts, French West Indies
Bruno Cousin and Sébastien Chauvin

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