Networking Neighborhoods

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In Networking Neighborhoods, Erik Van Hove establishes a direct link between existing perceptions of cities and the persistence of urban poverty. He explores a mystery surrounding urban poverty-its perpetuation despite the great wealth of modern nations and their efforts to eradicate it. Through his overview of urban history, his appeal to the ideas of key urban sociologists, and his experiences as a partner in an unconventional neighborhood development agency, Van Hove offers a fresh way of looking at urban ...
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Overview

In Networking Neighborhoods, Erik Van Hove establishes a direct link between existing perceptions of cities and the persistence of urban poverty. He explores a mystery surrounding urban poverty-its perpetuation despite the great wealth of modern nations and their efforts to eradicate it. Through his overview of urban history, his appeal to the ideas of key urban sociologists, and his experiences as a partner in an unconventional neighborhood development agency, Van Hove offers a fresh way of looking at urban environments that enables the resuscitation of neighborhoods choked off from the vitality around them.

Moving from theory to application, Van Hove illustrates his contentions through the work of the Neighborhood Development Agency, or BOM, founded in Antwerp, Belgium, in the 1980s by a coalition of university researchers and private and public agencies. Compiling and assessing the contributions of community workers, urban planners, economists, architects, and sociologists, Van Hove places the experience of the BOM within the broader field of urban renewal policy in the "welfare states" of the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570033858
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Social Problems and Social Issues Series
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editor's Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The Making of the Urban Problem 5
Ch. 3 Urban Sociology 28
Ch. 4 Regaining Space for the City 57
Ch. 5 Another Look at the Urban Problem 73
Ch. 6 The Search for "Urban Poverty" in Antwerp 84
Ch. 7 The Neighborhood Development Agency 99
Ch. 8 Learning from the Project 114
Ch. 9 The Larger Context 127
Notes 133
Bibliography 139
Index 145
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