Preparing for the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces / Edition 1

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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.

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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.

Ten educators comment on aspects of cross-curricular practice and theory in Britain's primary grades basing their assessments on the National Curriculum Council's categories of themes, skills, and dimensions. The discussions are enthusiastically positive towards the utilization of cross-curricular approaches in meeting special educational needs, discipline, evaluation, language development, global education, environmental curriculum, and citizenship education. The essays also suggest vehicles for providing leadership and developing cross-curricular practices in schools, as well as teaching resources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943875798
  • Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Cohen is senior adviser to the vice president, environmentally sustainable development, at the World Bank, where he has long been involved in urban policy and projects. Blair A.Ruble is director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Joseph S. Tulchin is director of the Latin American Program, and Allison Garland is program associate of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

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
Contributors 421
Index 427
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