Description - City Futures by Edgar Pieterse
Cities are the future. In the past two decades, a global urban revolution has taken place, mainly in the South. The 'mega-cities' of the developing world are home to over 10 million people each and even smaller cities are experiencing unprecedented population surges. The problems surrounding this influx of people - slums, poverty, unemployment and lack of governance - have been well-documented. This book is a powerful indictment of the current consensus on how to deal with these challenges. Pieterse argues that the current 'shelter for all' and 'urban good governance' policies treat only the symptoms, not the causes of the problem. Instead, he claims, there is an urgent need to reinvigorate civil society in these cities, to encourage radical democracy, economic resilience, social resistance and environmental sustainability folded into the everyday concerns of marginalised people. Providing a dynamic picture of a cosmopolitan urban citizenship, this book is an essential guide to one of the new century's greatest challenges.
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Author Biography - Edgar Pieterse
Edgar Pieterse is Special Advisor to the Premier of the Western Cape in South Africa. He is a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Public Management and Planning at the University of Stellenbosch, an Associate of Isandla Institute and a founder member of an initiative to establish an Urban Research Centre focussed on the Global South at the University of Cape Town. His publications include: Voices of the Transition: The Politics, Poetics and Practices of Social Change in South Africa (2004), Democratising Local Government: The South African Experiment. (2002) and the forthcoming: Imaginaries and Realities of Developmental Local Government in South Africa (UCT Press).