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Inclusive Urban Development in the Global South
Intersectionality, Inequalities, and Community

ISBN 9780367485405
Published May 17, 2021 by Routledge
246 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Inclusive Urban Development in the Global South emphasizes the importance of the neighbourhood in urban development planning, with case studies aimed at transforming current intervention practices towards more inclusive and just means of engagement with individuals and communities. The chapters explore how diversity of gender, class, race and ethnicity, citizenship status, age, ability, and sexuality is taken (or not taken) into account and approached in the planning and implementation of development policy and interventions in poor urban areas. The book employs a practical perspective on the deployment of theoretical critiques of intersectionality and diversity in development practice through case studies examining issues such as water and sanitation planning in Dhaka, indigenous rights to the city in Bolivia, post-colonial planning in Hong Kong, land reform in Zimbabwe, and many more. The book focuses on radical alternatives with the potential to foster urban transformations for planning and development communities working around the world.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Andrea Rigon and Vanesa Castán Broto

PART 1 Community Diversity and Intersectionality

2 "Missing Girls" in Urban Slums of the Global South Exploring the Intersections Between Puberty, Poverty, and Gender Inequality

Jordana Ramalho and Sylvia Chant

3 Indigenous Rights to the City Struggles in Bolivia: Towards an Intersectional and Intergenerational Approach

Philipp Horn

4 An Excluded and Unrecognized Majority: Everyday Struggles of Backyarders in the Western Area of the Voortrekker Road Corridor in Cape Town, South Africa

Mercy Brown-Luthango

5 High-Rise Hong Kong: Rethinking Narratives of Expertise in British Colonial Planning

Yasminah Beebeejaun

PART 2 Impacts of Planning Interventions in Diverse, Changing Communities

6 Infrastructural Relations: Participation and Diversity in Community-Based Water Management in Kathmandu, Nepal

Stephanie Butcher

7 Land Reform and Social Differentiation in Zimbabwe: Re-inventing the Wheel of Inequalities in Urban Development

Julius Musevenzi and Barbara Chibvamushure

8 Rethinking Community in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Projects in Dhaka’s Bostis

Sally Cawood and Md. Fazle Rabby

9 From Collegiality to Gatekeeping: Modes of Everyday Governance in Old Fadama, Accra

Afia Afenah

10 Violent Militancy or Mended Masculinities? Oil and the (Re) Making of Men in the Niger Delta

ModestaTochi Alozie

11 Understanding the Make-Up of Community in Basic Service Delivery Projects: Retrospective Analysis of a Coproduction in Dar es Salaam

Wilbard J. Kombe, Alphonce G. Kyessi, and Tatu M. Limbumba

PART 3 Mapping the Space of Possibility for Just Urban Development

12 (Re-)Constructing Disability through Research: Methodological Challenges of Intersectional Research in Informal Urban Settlements

Julian Walker and Ignacia Ossul-Vermehren

13 Intersectionality Aspects of Community Energy in Urban Areas: Challenges and Conflict Resolution Methodologies

Enora Robin and Vanesa Castán Broto

14 Participatory Design and Diversity: Addressing Vulnerabilities through Social Infrastructure in a Lebanese Town Hosting Displaced People

Andrea Rigon, Joana Dabaj, and Hanna Baumann

Conclusion: Recognizing Intersectional Identities in Inclusive Urban Development

Caren Levy, Andrea Rigon, and Vanesa Castán Broto

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Andrea Rigon is an Associate Professor at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit of University College London and a founder of the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre. His professional and research work focuses on how power relations affect the participation of different people and social groups in decision-making processes. He is particularly interested in how residents’ participation is managed within urban development projects, particularly in informal settlements, and what the effects are on in/equality and social exclusion. He has worked to include an intersectional perspective into participatory design and to incorporate participatory approaches in the drafting and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. His latest project was about co-designing built interventions with children affected by displacement.

Vanesa Castán Broto is Professor of Climate Urbanism at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield. Her current research focuses on the governance of climate change in urban areas, the politics of urban transitions, and the potential for delivering sustainable and just cities through planning and activism. She is the Principal Investigator of the projects Low Carbon Action in Ordinary Cities, funded by the European Research Council, and Community Energy and Sustainable Energy Transitions in East Africa, funded by the UK's Global Challenges Research Fund. Her latest books are Urban Energy Landscapes (2019) and Urban Sustainability and Justice (2019).


"This impressive collection makes a unique contribution to cutting-edge urban development debates linking intersectionality, the paradox of collective and individual identities, and community diversities. Each chapter, grounded in original research, brings new insights that challenge existing practices, while exploring innovative methodologies to achieve more inclusive outcomes. Essential reading for academics, practitioners, and activists alike."

Caroline Moser, Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester

"This is a very important collection that situates intersectionality and community at the centre of understanding urban development thinking and practice. In calling for greater acknowledgement of the diversity of urban residents living in complex and differentiated communities, the book provides a much-needed interpretation of inclusive urban development."

Cathy McIlwaine, Professor of Development Geography, King’s College London 

"The notion ‘community’ is central to urban development practices. But what even is ‘community’? In this book, the editors Andrea Rigon and Vanesa Castan Broto bring together a first-rate collection of papers to probe this crucial question. By using an intersectionality perspective, they problematize conventional notions of community as homogenous and static. Understanding a dynamic notion of community is fundamental for moving toward a just and inclusive urban developmental practice."

Nausheen H Anwar, Professor of City & Regional Planning, Director of the Karachi Urban Lab, School of Economics & Social Sciences, IBA, Karachi