City futures : confronting the crisis of urban development

Edgar Pieterse

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 peopl...

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Main Author: Pieterse, E. A. (Edgar A.) (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: London : Cape Town : Zed Books ; UCT Press, 2008.
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Physical Description:viii, 206 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN(s):9781842775417
9781919895093
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Summary: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 marginalized people. Providing a dynamic picture of a cosmopolitan urbancitizenship, this book is an essential guide to one of the new century's greatest challenges. Book jacket.