This important Handbook reveals that most urban growth takes place in the less developed world and much of it represents over-urbanization - that is, urbanization in which most migrants cannot effectively compete for employment, cannot find adequate shelter and do not have the means to feed themselves properly. Yet, compared to rural poverty, urban poverty is widely regarded as the lesser of the two evils.
H.S. Geyer and his contributors highlight the enormous challenges posed by urbanization to decision-makers at all levels of government. This final volume, in a series of three original reference works, covers four broad themes including: urban growth patterns; spatial issues; policy issues; and urban growth determinants.
The chapters have been written not only for the advanced student and academics but also with undergraduate students in mind. The Handbook will appeal to scholars and researchers interested in international urban development issues.
Edited by H.S. Geyer, Director, Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE), Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Contents: Preface PART I: GROWTH PATTERNS 1. Introduction: Urban Growth Patterns - Trends and Policy Issues M. Pacione PART II: SPATIAL ISSUES 2. Urban Fragmentation: Different Views on its Causes and Consequences K. Landman 3. Urban Form Revisited: An Account of Views on the Issues A.S. Steyn and H.S. Geyer 4. The Mobility of Labour and Capital: The Urban Implications of Changing International Trends J.J. Klink 5. Differential Urbanization: Linking First and Developing World Experiences B. Graizbord, D. Mookherjee and H.S. Geyer PART III: POLICY ISSUES 6. Communicative Planning: Experiences, Prospects and Predicaments V. Watson 7. Transformation of Urban Public Transport Systems in the Global South P. Wilkinson, A. Golub, R. Behrens, P. Salazar Ferro and H. Schalekamp 8. Sources of Disaster Vulnerability of the Urban Poor: Issues and Views J. Pantelic and B. Srdanovic 9. Urban Agriculture: Advances, Opportunities and Application M. Dubbeling and H. de Zeeuw 10. Urban Ecology: Policy Issues Resolved and Unresolved S.S. Cilliers, J.E. Drewes, M.J. Du Toit and D.P. Cilliers 11. Urban-rural Inequalities in South and South-East Asia: Colonial Policy Impacts and Current Spatial-Economic Disparities S. Mukherji PART IV: GROWTH DETERMINANTS 12. Creativity, Wellbeing and Urban Sustainability: Areas in Which the North and the South Can Learn from Each Other H.S. Geyer Index