Getting Away With It: The Changing Geography of The Global Superich.
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Short, John Rennie
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Citation of Original PublicationShort, John Rennie.(2004) "Getting Away with it? Exposing the Geographies of the Super-Rich." Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network. 12 Sep. 2002. 6 Dec. 2012 <http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/rb/rb93.html>.
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Political geographers have repeatedly alerted to the forms of social inequality perpetuated by a capitalism that is increasingly global in scope. In so doing, they have often highlighted the existence of marginalized populations living on or below the poverty line, suggesting policies that might alleviate the conditions of these groups. In contrast, little has been written about the principal beneficiaries of global process - the super-rich who have amassed huge personal fortunes by manipulating global flows to their own advantage. Contrasting the increasingly 'fast' lifestyles of the super-rich with the lives of those who dwell in the 'slow' world, we suggest that the discrepancy between the super-rich and the rest is a major obstacle to the achievement of a more just and equitable world, that instead of studying the poor, much is to be gained by exposing the geographies of the rich. In this paper, we thus set an agenda for investigating the geographies of this elite group by highlighting the global dimensions of their lifestyles and arguing for research that takes their transnationalism seriously.