Cities are centres of exciting events, flows, movements and contradictions that produce both opportunities and challenges. Evolved through the centuries, they display layers of spatial, cultural and socio-economic diversity and contestations, which are articulated in multiple ways. It is in this backdrop that the present volume addresses some of the myriad issues visible in the contemporary cities of the Global South. The volume is divided into three parts, each of them focusing on different dimension of contemporary urban challenges. Part I entitled ‘The Concept of a City’ contains five papers dealing with conceptual complexities of the urban. This part analyses as to what extent development intrudes on urban space and space in turn influences development. Part II ‘City and Urban Space’ contains six papers. These focus on the existing patterns, processes, and perspectives of urbanization and its consequent everyday manifestations across different cities. Part III ‘Urban Policy, Planning and Governance’ has six papers dealing with policy and planning.
In the wake of rapid urbanization and economic growth, the urban sector is swiftly changing towards being economic engines. Cities and towns being the centres of economic activities play a catalytic role in contributing to economic development and poverty reduction. However, there are layers of challenges that these cities face. This timely volume brings out these challenges and also analyses plausible solutions which can be brought about by the efficient and effective provision of essential urban services and infrastructure.
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Table of Contents
PART I: THE CONCEPT OF A CITY 1. Cities, Space and Development in India 2. Political Economy vs. Political Ecology of Urbanization in Asia 3. ‘Global’-izing Indian Cities: A Spatial Epistemological Critique 4. Financial Decentralization and Local Governance in Urban India: An Inter-State and Metropolitan Districts Analysis 5. Urban Space and Environmental Urges
PART II: CITY AND URBAN SPACE 6. A Century of Urbanization in the Mineral Belt of India: Phases of Continuity and Change (1901-2011) 7. Process and Pattern of Urbanization in Jharkhand 8. Impact of Peri-Urbanization and Its Policy Implications: A Case Study of Varanasi’s Peri-Urban Interface 9. Reconfiguring Urban Space: Loss of Green Space in Varanasi 10. Urban Poverty Revisited: An Enquiry into KUSP Initiative in West Bengal 11. Nutritional Status and Tuberculosis Disease in the City of Varanasi, UP: A Perspective on Urban Health Ecology
PART III: URBAN POLICY, PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE 12. Capacity Development for Effective Urban Governance and Service Delivery Quest for Precepts, Realities and Realization 13. India’s Urban Development Policy: Retrospect and Prospect 14. Challenges of Climate Change in the City of Jamnagar: Perceptions and Adaptations 15. Advocacy to Urban Governance: The Aam Aadmi Narrative in Delhi 16. Urban Development: Challenges and Prospect in Madhya Pradesh 17. Community Participation Law: Policy vs. Practice, The Case of Bhopal
Bikramaditya K. Choudhary is Assistant Professor at Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Arun K. Singh is Professor of Geography at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
Diganta Das is Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.