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City futures : confronting the crisis of urban development

Author: E A Pieterse
Publisher: London ; New York : Zed Books ; Capetown, South Africa : UCT Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This work is an attack on the current consensus on how to deal with the problems of mass urbanization, such as slums and poverty. Pieterse argues that the current 'shelter for all' and 'urban good governance' policies treat only the symptoms, not the causes of the problem, and calls for a reinvigoration of civil society.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: E A Pieterse
ISBN: 9781842775400 1842775405 9781919895093 1919895094 9781842775417 1842775413
OCLC Number: 176926039
Description: viii, 206 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : deciphering city futures --
Urbanization trends and implications --
Mainstream agenda I : shelter for all --
Mainstream agenda II : good governance --
Reconceptualising the political in cities --
Informal everyday urbanism --
Counterpoint : alternative urban development --
Making a start towards alternative city futures.
Responsibility: Edgar Pieterse.
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