City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development
Cities are the future. In the past two decades, a global urban revolution has taken place, mainly in the South. The 'mega-cities' of the developing world are home to over 10 million people each and even smaller cities are experiencing unprecedented population surges. The problems surrounding this influx of people - slums, poverty, unemployment and lack of governance - have been well-documented. This book is a powerful indictment of the current consensus on how to deal with these challenges. Pieterse argues that the current 'shelter for all' and 'urban good governance' policies treat only the symptoms, not the causes of the problem. Instead, he claims, there is an urgent need to reinvigorate civil society in these cities, to encourage radical democracy, economic resilience, social resistance and environmental sustainability folded into the everyday concerns of marginalised people. Providing a dynamic picture of a cosmopolitan urban citizenship, this book is an essential guide to one of the new century's greatest challenges.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
achieve actors Africa agenda alternative urban development approach areas argument basic services Bayat campaign Cape Town challenge chapter Chimurenga Cities Alliance City Development Strategies civil society complex conceptual context cultural decision-making democracy democratic dimensions discourses diverse dynamics economic effective embedded engagement ensure environmental epistemic community everyday explore favelas focus forums GCST global South grassroots Habitat Agenda hip-hop Human Settlements identity imperatives important inequality informal institutional interventions investment issues levels livelihoods mainstream mainstream urban mobilization municipal MV Bill neighbourhood neoliberal networks normative participation participatory particular people’s perspective Pieterse political practice potential poverty reduction priorities processes programmes progressive public sphere radical regional relations scale sector shelter slum dwellers social social capital South Africa space spatial stakeholder strategic planning structure sustainable tenure UN–Habitat United Nations urban governance urban planning urban politics urban poor urban poverty various World Bank