Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781842775417 Published May 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9781842775400 Published May 2008 For sale in North and South America only

City Futures

Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development

Edgar Pieterse

City Futures

Edgar Pieterse

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2008  
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781842775417 Published May 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9781842775400 Published May 2008 For sale in North and South America only
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.
Contents
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Deciphering City Futures

Chapter 2 - Urbanization Trends and Implications

Chapter 3 - Mainstream Agenda I: Shelter for All

Chapter 4 - Mainstream Agenda II - Good Governance

Chapter 5 - Reconceptualising 'the Political' in Cities

Chapter 6 - Informal Everyday Urbanism

Chapter 7 - Counterpoint: Alternative Urban Development

Chapter 8 - Making a Start towards Alternative City Futures

Bibliography
Notes
Index
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