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Urbanization and Development: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Jo Beall, Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, and Ravi Kanbur


By many estimates, the world has just crossed the point where more than half the global population is urban, a trend driven by rapid urbanization in developing countries. Urban centres offer economies of scale in terms of productive enterprise and public investment. Cities are social melting pots, centres of innovation, and drivers of social change. However, cities are also marked by social differentiation, poverty, conflict, and environmental degradation. These are all issues that not only matter to cities but also lie at the heart of development. As such, the time is right to consider afresh ... More

Keywords: cities, development, poverty, research, urbanization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jo Beall, editor
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
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Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, editor
Senior Economic Advisor, UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), Malawi
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Ravi Kanbur, editor
Lee Professor of World Affairs and Economics, Cornell University, USA
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Part I Introduction

Part II Data and Definitions

Part III Economic Benefits of Urbanization

Part IV Urbanization: Social Consequences

Part V Urban Violence

Part VI Urban Planning and Governance

Part VII Epilogue

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