Cities of the Global South Reader
Edited by Faranak Miraftab, Neema Kudva
Routledge – 2014 – 360 pages
Series: Routledge Urban Reader Series
The Cities of the Global South Reader adopts a fresh and critical approach to the field of urbanization in the developing world, which has seen significant shifts in its thematic and geographic focus since it first began to be defined in the mid-twentieth century. This Reader incorporates both early conversations and new and emerging debates that reflect the diverse trajectories of urbanization processes in the context of the restructured global alignments in the last three decades. The thematic structure and selection of texts in the Cities of the Global South Reader recognizes the entanglement of wealth/ poverty, development/ underdevelopment, first/ third worlds, and various forms of inclusion/ exclusion. This conceptual framework shapes the Reader’s organization around global processes such as colonialism and development, similar yet different processes that occur two hundred years apart and shape cities in crucial ways, to specific issues that urban dwellers, planners, and policy makers face in the contemporary world. These include the urban economy, housing, basic services, infrastructure, the role of non-state civil society based actors, planned interventions and contestations, the role of diaspora capital, the looming problem of adapting to climate change, and the increasing specter of violence in a post 9/11 transnational world.
The Cities of the Global South Reader pulls together a diverse set of readings from scholars across the world to provide an essential resource for a broad interdisciplinary readership at undergraduate and graduate levels in urban geography, urban sociology, and urban planning as well as international studies, global studies and development studies. Editorial commentaries that introduce the central issues for each theme, summarize the state of the field and outline an associated bibliography. They will be of particular value for lecturers, researchers, and students, making the Cities of the Global South Reader a key text for those interested in understanding contemporary urbanization processes.
Introduction Part I. The City Experienced 1. We are the Poors Ashwin Desai 2. Urban Lives Ali Madanipour Part II. Making the "Third World" City Historical Underpinnings 3. Colonialism and Urban Development Anthony D. King 4. Cities Inter Linked Doreen Massey Development and Urbanization 5. Theory, Policies and Institutions Michael Goldman 6. Global and World Cities: A View From off the Map Jennifer Robinson Part III. The City Lived Migratory Fields 7. Foreword Loyiso Nongxa 8. The Urbanity of Movement: Dynamic Frontiers in Contemporary Africa Abdou Maliq Simone 9. Migration and Privatization of Space and Power in Late Socialist China Li Zhang Urban Economy 10. Working in the Streets of Cali, Columbia: Survival Strategy, Necessity, or Unavoidable Evil? Ray Bromley 11. High Tech/high Finance on the Peripheries of Indian Cities Sudeshna Mitra Housing 12. International Policy for Urban Housing Markets in the Global South since 1945 Richard Harris 13. Women and Self-help Housing Projects Caroline Moser Residential Developments 13. The Suburbanisation of Jakarta: A Concurrence of Economics and Ideology Michael Leaf 14. Fortified Enclaves: The New Urban Segregation Teresa Caldeira 15. Diaspora Capital and Asia Pacific Urban Development Chung Tong Wu Part IV. The City Environment Basic Services 16. Formalizing the Informal? The Transformation of Cairo's Refuse Collection System Ragui Assaad 17. Victims, Villains and Fixers: The Urban Environment and Johannesburg’s Poor Jo Beall, Owen Crankshaw and Susan Parnell Infrastructure and Mega Projects 18. Urban Transport Policy as if People and the Environment Mattered: Pedestrian Accessibility the First Step Madhav Badami 19. 'Going South' with the Starchitects: Urbanist Ideology in the Emirati City Ahmed Kanna Cities, Risk and Violence 20. Reverberations: Mexico City’s 1985 Earthquake and the Transformation of the Capital Diane E. Davis 21. Disruption by Design: Urban Infrastructure and Political Violence Stephen Graham 22. Between Violence and Desire: Space, Power, and Identity in the Making of Metropolitan Delhi Amita Baviskar Part V. Planned Interventions and Contestations Governance 23. New Spaces New Contests: Appropriating Decentralization for Political Change in Bolivia Ben Kohl and Linda Farthing 24. Disposable Cities: Garbage, Governance And Sustainable Development in Urban Africa Garth Myers Participation 25. The Citizens of Puerto Aegre Gianpaolo Baiocchi 26. Whose Voices? Whose choices? Reflections on Gender and Participatory Development Andrea Cornwall Urban Citizenship 27. Squatters and the State: The Dialectics between Social Integration and Social Change (Case Studies in Lima, Mexico, and Santiago de Chile) Manuel Castells 28. Deep Democracy: Urban Governmentality and the Horizon of Politics Arjun Appadurai 29. Cyberactivism and Citizen Mobilization in the Egyptian Revolution Sahar Khamis and Katherine Vaughn Transferring Knowledge 30. Why India Cannot Plan Its Cities: Informality, Insurgence and the Idiom of Urbanization Ananya Roy 31. International Best Practice, Enabling Frameworks and the Policy Process: a South African Case Study Richard Tomlinson
Faranak Miraftab is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches international and transnational planning and coordinates the department’s international programs and activities for its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Miraftab is interested in reconfigured state-society relations for provision of basic services and housing within the dominant global neoliberal policy framework, and her research spans several countries where she has lived and studied processes and challenges of urban development, including those in Iran, Chile, Mexico, Southern Africa, U.S., and Canada. Miraftab’s understanding of cities in the global South is also informed by her teaching to diverse groups of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of British Columbia in Canada, Griffith University in Australia, and currently at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She teaches an introductory lecture course, Cities in a Global Perspective,and an advanced graduate seminar on international development/ transnational planning.
Neema Kudva is Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, and Director of the International Studies in Planning Program (ISP). She currently Co-Chairs the Global Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG) at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Kudva’s research focuses on international urbanization, particularly issues related to small cities and their regions, and on institutional structures for equitable planning and development at the local level paying particular attention to the role of NGOs and the other civil society actors. Her work is based in South Asia, the U.S., and more recently, eastern Africa. She has lectured and published widely in these areas. Kudva has taught The Global City and Introduction to Planning History and Practice in the undergraduate urban studies and graduate planning program core curriculum at Cornell where she also teaches specialized seminars on urban livelihoods in the global South, and NGOs. Before coming to Cornell, Kudva worked as an architect and planner in India, the U.S. and Europe, and taught as a visiting lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, and at the Urban Studies Program at Stanford University.