Record:   Prev Next
Title Urbanization and development : multidisciplinary perspectives / edited by Jo Beall, Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, and Ravi Kanbur
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  307.76 Ur18be 2010    AVAILABLE  -  30500101420969
Descript xxi, 327 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series [UNU-WIDER studies in development economics]
Studies in development economics
Note Series statement from jacket
Based on papers presented at an interdisciplinary UNU-WIDER conference, held at the London School of Economics, Oct. 18-20, 2007
"A study prepared for the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER)."
Includes bibliographical references and index
By many estimates, the world has recently crossed the point where more than half the global population is urban, a trend driven by rapid urbanization in developing countries. Urban centres offer economies of scale in terms of productive enterprise and public investment. Cities are social melting pots, centres of innovation, and drivers of social change. However, cities are also marked by social differentiation, poverty, conflict, and environmental degradation. These are all issues that not only matter to cities, but also lie at the heart of development. As such, the time is right to consider afresh the relationship between cities and development
This volume presents a significant new collection of multidisciplinary papers focused on urbanization and its implications for development. It raises four questions: What is so special about the urban context? Why is urbanization and urban growth important to development? What are the strengths and limitations of our knowledge of urbanization and development from the policy perspective? How can a multidisciplinary perspective on the urban context add value to development research and policy?
Leading scholars in urban economics examine the data and definitions associated with the field, and take an in-depth look at the economic and social consequences of urbanization. Special focus is given to urban violence, and planning and governance issues, and the text is supplemented by case studies that demonstrate the recent effects of urbanization in key countries such as India, Brazil, Tanzania, Lebanon, and South Africa
Jo Beall is Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Town and Chair of the Executive Committee of the African Centre for Cities at UCT. She is still affiliated with the London School of Economics, where she was Director of the Development Studies Institute, and taught for 18 years
Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis is Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology (Gandhinagar). Previously, he worked with UNDP (Malawi), UNU-WIDER (Helsinki), ICRIER (New Delhi), EXIM Bank of India (Bangalore), and IGIDR (Mumbai)
Ravi Kanbur is T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs at Cornell University, having previously taught at Oxford, Cambridge, Essex, Princeton, and Warwick. --Book Jacket
Machine generated contents note: 1. Beyond the Tipping Point: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Urbanization and Development -- 2. Urban Settlement: Data, Measures, and Trends / Jo Beall / Basudeb Guha-Knasnobis / Ravi Kanbur -- 3. Agglomeration Index: Towards A New Measure of Urban Concentration / David E. Bloom / David Canning / Patrick Salyer / G赮ther Fink / Tarun Khanna -- 4. Parsing the Urban Poverty Puzzle: A Multi-Generational Panel Study in Rio de Janeiro's Favelas, 1968-2008 / Hirotsugu Uchida / Andrew Nelson -- 5. Urban Myths and the Mis-Use of Data that Underpin Them / Janice E. Perlman -- 6. Evolving City Systems / David Satterthwaite -- 7. Suburbanization and Residential Desegregation in South Africa's Cities / Henry G. Overman / Anthony J. Venables -- 8. The Face of Urban Poverty: Explaining the Prevalence of Slums in Developing Countries / Wim Naud⥠-- 9. The Legacy Effect of Squatter Settlements on Urban Redevelopment / Ben C. Arimah -- 10. The Gendered Nature of Asset Accumulation in Urban Contexts: Longitudinal Results from Guayaquil, Ecuador / Geoffrey K. Turnbull / Ignacio A. Navarro -- 11. Violent Urbanization and Homogenization of Space and Place: Reconstructing the Story of Sectarian Violence in Beirut / Andrew Felton / Caroline Moser -- 12. Dar es Salaam as a 'Harbour of Peace' in East Africa: Tracing the Role of Creolized Urban Ethnicity in Nation-State Formation / Nasser Yassin -- 13. Urban Violence Is Not (Necessarily) a Way of Life: Towards a Political Economy of Conflict in Cities / Deborah Fahy Bryceson -- 14. Infrastructure and City Competitiveness in India / Dennis Rodgers -- 15. Solid Wastes, Poverty, and the Environment in Developing Country Cities: Challenges and Opportunities / Hyoung Gun Wang / Uwe Deichmann / Somik V. Lall -- 16. Building Sustainable Historic Centres: A Comparative Approach for Innovative Urban Projects / Martin Medina -- 17. Themes Emerging, Questions Outstanding, and the Value of a Multidisciplinary Approach / Adriana Rabinovich / Andrea Catenazzi
Subject Urbanization -- Economic aspects -- Developing countries -- Congresses
Alt Author Beall, Jo, 1952-
Guha-Khasnobis, Basudeb
Kanbur, S. M. Ravi, 1954-
World Institute for Development Economics Research
Record:   Prev Next