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Handbook of Emerging 21st-Century Cities

Edited by Kris Bezdecny, Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences and Environment, California State University, Los Angeles and Kevin Archer, Professor and Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research, Central Washington University, US
The majority of the world's population now live in cities, nearly a quarter of which boast populations of one million or more. The rise of globalisation has granted cities unprecedented significance, both politically and economically, leading to benefits and problems at national and international levels. The Handbook of Emerging 21st-Century Cities explores the changes that are occurring in cities, and the impacts that they are having, at the local, national and global scale.
Extent: 464 pp
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Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78471 227 3
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  • Geography
  • Cities and Urban Geography
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Cities
  • Urban Studies
The majority of the world's population now live in cities, nearly a quarter of which boast populations of one million or more. The rise of globalisation has granted cities unprecedented significance, both politically and economically, leading to benefits and problems at national and international levels. The Handbook of Emerging 21st-Century Cities explores the changes that are occurring in cities, and the impacts that they are having, at the local, national and global scale.

Bringing together voices from around the world, this Handbook provides an interdisciplinary view of the changes that are happening in emerging cities, examining a range of topics from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. With chapters covering changes in urban economies, social dynamics, and emerging technology this Handbook radically rethinks the dynamics of cities in the 21st century, including those in the global south.

The Handbook of Emerging 21st-Century Cities is an important addition to the literature, and is a useful resource for students of geography, economics, sociology, anthropology and urban planning. Its insights will also be of value for public administrators and urban planners, and anyone else whose work impacts on, or is impacted by, cities.
‘This superb Handbook revolves around what the meaning of the term ‘city’ might be in the 21st century. In this urban century, this is indeed the pre-eminent question and this book incisively dissects the multiplicity of processes that animate and structure this century’s urbanity. A must read for all students and lovers of the city.’
– Erik Swyngedouw, The University of Manchester, UK
Contributors: R. Aijaz, K. Archer, K. Bezdecny, R. Bower, M.M. Brannon, P. Carmody, Y.-w. Chu, B. Coffyn Mitchell, E. Fekete, R. Ghadge, R. Grant, L.A. Herzog, W.G. Holt, D. Honnery, A. Jansson, O.A. K'Akumu, M. Klausen, J. Lauermann, P. Moriarty, J.T. Murphy, A.C. Oner, F. Owusu, B. Pasin, V. Peiteado Fernandez, J. Richardson, C. Saldana, B. Warf, P.D.A. Wood
Contents:

1. Conceptualizing the Emerging 21st Century City
Kris Bezdecny and Kevin Archer

Part I Emerging City Theory
2. Strategic simplification and the urban politics of defining ‘the city’
John Lauermann

3. Creating environmentally sustainable cities: not an easy task
Patrick Moriarty and Damon Honnery

4. Antifragility and the Transformative Idea of Slow Urbanism
Richard Bower

5. Uneven geographical development and the city: Conceptualizing the fractalization of space
Kris Bezdecny

Part II Cities as spaces of emerging power
6. China’s New Urbanization Plan: crafting China’s new cities or more of the cliché?
Yin-wah Chu

7. The Impact of China on African Cities: Potentials for Development
James T. Murphy, Pádraig Carmody, Richard Grant and Francis Owusu

8. Quality of Life in Indian Cities
Rumi Aijaz

9. Emerging Digital Cities of East Asia: Seoul, Singapore and Shanghai
Barney Warf

Part III Cities as Spaces of Emerging Economies
10. Mega Urban Developments in the Arabian Peninsula for a Post-Oil Future
Burkay Pasin and Asli Ceylan Oner

11. Urbanization of Poverty: The African City’s Challenge of the Century
Owiti A. K’Akumu

12. Planned to Fail: Creating the Global South in American South Communities
William G. Holt

13. The U.S.-Mexico Transfrontier Metropolis: Theoretical and Empirical Explorations
Lawrence A. Herzog

Part IV Cities of Emerging Social Dynamics
14. Inclusive Growth and the Urban Question: Some Lessons from Asia
Ravi Ghadge

15. The institutionalization of the right to the city: The Spanish case
Vítor Peiteado Fernández

16. Border cities: urban growth and planning at the national periphery
Peter D. A. Wood

17. Loftification: The Refurbished Gentrification Dynamic
Christiana Saldana

Part V Cities as Spaces of Emerging Technologies
18. Data-driven Divides: Smart Cities and Techno-racial Segregation
Monica M. Brannon

19. Urban Renewal in the Hybrid City: Using Data for Development
Emily Fekete

20. Applying Critical Cartography Redress Urban Disinvestment and Financial Access for Communities
Jason Richardson and Bruce Coffyn Mitchell

21. The Spreadable City: Urban Exploration and Connective Media
André Jansson and Maja Klausen

Index