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More and more of the world's people live in urban areas, which share the same problems: unemployment, corroding infrastructure, deteriorating environment, a collapsing social compact, and weakening institutions. To ask why this is happening and what can be done, twenty-two leading social scientists and experienced public officials have pooled their experience and their research in preparation for the June 1996 United Nations conference on human settlement in Istanbul. Their collaborative effort is published in Preparing for the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces.
The contributors find commonalities in the globalized economy in which all cities compete and in the mixes of squalor and splendor found in urban environments east and west, north and south. But common, too, in these accounts, are local, rather than national, solutions to urban challenges, which local community groups often view in purely local terms.
Contributors are Nezar Al Sayyad, Ilona Blue, Jordi Borja,Robert Bruegmann, Galia Burgel, Guy Burgel, Michael A. Cohen, Maria Elena Ducci, Allison Garland, Mohamed Halfani, Trudy Harpham, Lisa Peattie, Julie Roqu, Blair A. Ruble, Hank Savitch, K. C. Sivaramakrishnan, Martha Schteingart, Richard Stren, Joseph S. Tulchin, Edmundo Werna, Michael White, and Weiping Wu.
Woodrow Wilson Center Press
A collection of essays by scholars and policy makers from around the globe that offers some of the best insights available into the urban challenge.
|1||Introduction: Globalism and Local Realities - Five Paths to the Urban Future||1|
|2||The Hypothesis of Urban Convergence: Are Cities in the North and South Becoming More Alike in an Age of Globalization?||25|
|3||Cities in a Global Era: A New Paradigm for the Next Millennium||39|
|4||What Has and Has Not Changed since Habitat I: A View from the South||66|
|5||Marginality and Dynamism: Prospects for the Sub-Saharan African City||83|
|6||Culture, Identity, and Urbanism in a Changing World: A Historical Perspective on Colonialism, Nationalism, and Globalization||108|
|7||Economic Competition and Resource Mobilization||123|
|8||Urbanization and Population Dynamics: City as Villain, Savior, or Bystander?||157|
|9||The Social Dimensions of Technological Change: Reshaping Cities and Urban Life||171|
|10||The Changing Agenda for Urban Health||200|
|11||Urban Governance: Changing Realities||225|
|12||Cities: New Roles and Forms of Governing||242|
|13||The Politics of Urban Sustainability||264|
|14||Global Trends and City Policies: Friends or Foes of Urban Development?||301|
|15||The American City: Urban Aberration or Glimpse of the Future?||336|
|16||Urban Research in the 1990s||371|
|17||The Studies of Cities: Popular Perceptions, Academic Disciplines, and Emerging Agendas||392|