Uniting a Divided City: Governance and Social Exclusion in Johannesburg

Uniting a Divided City: Governance and Social Exclusion in Johannesburg

by Jo Beall, Owen Crankshaw, Susan Parnell
     
 

For many, Johannesburg resembles the imagined spectre of the urban future. Global anxieties about catastrophic urban explosion, social fracture, environmental degradation, escalating crime and violence, and rampant consumerism alongside grinding poverty, are projected onto this city as a microcosm of things to come. Decision-makers in cities worldwide have

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For many, Johannesburg resembles the imagined spectre of the urban future. Global anxieties about catastrophic urban explosion, social fracture, environmental degradation, escalating crime and violence, and rampant consumerism alongside grinding poverty, are projected onto this city as a microcosm of things to come. Decision-makers in cities worldwide have attempted to balance harsh fiscal and administrative realities with growing demands for political, economic and social justice. This book investigates pragmatic approaches to urban economic development, service delivery, spatial restructuring, environmental sustainability and institutional reform in Johannesburg. It explores the conditions and processes that are determining the city's transformation into a cosmopolitan metropole and magnet for the continent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853839214
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Pt. 1Ways of Understanding Divided Cities
1Introduction to a Divided City3
2Reverberations from a Divided City7
Pt. 2The Changing Spatial Structure of the City
3Beyond Racial Fordism: Changing Patterns of Social Inequality29
4Post-Fordist Polarization: The Changing Spatial Order of the City45
Pt. 3Institutional Responses to Urban Change
5Decentralization by Stealth: Democratization or Disempowerment through Developmental Local Government?65
6The Politics of Fiscal Austerity in Creating Equitable City Government87
Pt. 4Living in a Divided City
7The Inner-city Challenge: Locating Partners for Urban Regeneration109
8Participatory Planning and Informal Settlement Upgrading in Diepsloot129
9Housing and Service Consumption in Soweto151
10The People Behind the Walls: Insecurity, Identity and Gated Communities175
11Conclusion: Lessons from a Uniting City196
Notes206
References214
Index230

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