With more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas, urbanisation is undoubtedly one of the most important phenomena of the 21st century. However, despite increasing recognition of the critical relationship between economic and social development in cities, gender issues are often overlooked in understanding the complexities of current urbanisation processes. This book seeks to rectify this neglect.
Gender, Asset Accumulation and Just Cities explores the contribution that a focus on the gendered nature of asset accumulation brings to the goal of achieving just, more equitable cities. To date neither the academic debates nor the formulated policy and practice on just cities has included a focus on gender-based inequalities, discriminations, or opportunities. From a gender perspective, a separate discourse exists, closely associated with gender justice, particularly in relation to urban rights and democracy. Neither, however, has addressed the implications for women’s accumulation of assets and associated empowerment for transformational pathways to just cities.
In this book, contributors specifically focus on gender and just cities from a wide range of gendered perspectives that include households, housing, land, gender-based violence, transport, climate, and disasters.
1. Introduction: towards a nexus linking gender, assets and transformational pathways to just cities Sylvia Chant 2. Female household headship as an asset? Interrogating the intersections of urbanisation, gender and domestic transformations Caroline Moser 3. Longitudinal and intergenerational perspectives on gendered asset accumulation in Indio Guayas, Guayaquil, Ecuador Sally Rover 4. Key drivers of asset erosion and accumulation in informal employment: findings from the Informal Economy Monitoring Study Carole Rakodi 5. Addressing gendered inequalities in access to land and housing Paula Meth 6. The gendered contradictions in South Africa’s state housing: accumulation or erosion of housing as an asset Beth Chitekwe-Biti and Diana Mitlin 7. ‘The devil’s in the detail’: understanding how housing assets contribute to gender just cities Caren Levy 8. Routes to the just city: towards gender equality in transport planning Cathy McIlwaine 9. Gender-based violence and assets in just cities: triggers and transformation Sarah Bradshaw and Brian Linneker 10. The gendered destruction and reconstruction of assets and the transformative potential of ‘disasters' Caroline Moser and Alfredo Stein 11. Challenging stereotypes about gendered vulnerability to climate change: asset adaption in Mombasa and Cartagena