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Private Cities

Global and Local Perspectives

By Georg Glasze, Chris Webster, Klaus Frantz

Routledge – 2004 – 242 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Description

For the antagonist, private communities are icons of post-consensus, fragmenting civic society, enclosing and excluding by contractual constitution and sometimes by walls and gates. For others they are simply an efficient new way of organizing urban life.

Contributed to, and edited by, an international team of leading authors, this revealing book constructs an interdisciplinary discourse on the global spread of private communities based upon empirical evidence. Case studies from the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and China are used to explore local and global explanations of the phenomenon.

Taking an institutionalist approach, this informative textbook for undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers alike, develops a model in which cities are shaped by the interplay of local and global processes, and evolve at the interface of spontaneous and planned order. It draws together the various themes, propositions and hypotheses in a way that clarifies the questions by different social science perspectives and that poses researchable questions and new agendas.

Contents

Introduction. The Dynamics of Privatopia. The Economic Case for Private Residential Government. Unlocking the Gated Community. Private Gated Neighbourhoods. Gated Communities as Predators of Public Resources. Condominios Fechados and Barrios Privados. Neighbourhoods in Latin America. Gated Communities in South Africa. The Spread of Private Guarded Neighbourhoods in Lebanon and the Significance of a Historically and Geographically Specific Governmentality. The Purple Jade Villas (Beijing). China’s Modern Gated Cities. The Rise of Gated Residential Neighbourhoods in Portugal and Spain. The Rise of Private Residential Neighbourhoods in England and New Zealand. More Gates, Less Community? Guarded Housing in Russia. Conclusion

Name: Private Cities: Global and Local Perspectives (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Georg Glasze, Chris Webster, Klaus Frantz. For the antagonist, private communities are icons of post-consensus, fragmenting civic society, enclosing and excluding by contractual constitution and sometimes by walls and gates. For others they are simply an efficient new way of organizing urban...
Categories: Urban Geography, Planning - Human Geography