There is increasing appreciation in the social sciences that context is an important element in understanding social, economic, cultural, political and demographic processes. An important element in context is the type of settlement in which people live and work and so, it is vital to be able to categorise people into particular settlements types. This book brings together a leading team of social scientists to present the latest information on urbanization around the world, highlighting examples of development patterns that are not adequately captured by the UN's type of reporting systems and drawing attention to other ways of representing current trends.
'This book is a milestone in our understanding of the way cities are developing as we head towards a post-industrial, global world. Everyone interested in what our cities will look like in the 21st century should read this book.' Professor Michael Batty, University College London, UK 'The book is indeed a valuable contribution towards conceptualising the rapid rural-urban transformation in the developing countries. The case studies from Mexico, India and China makes the book a useful tool in understanding the emerging diversity of urban forms important for urban and metropolitan planning. The book is innovative in setting the agenda for new classification of settlements relevant for human lives in the rapidly changing world.' Ram B. Bhagat, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India 'By 2020 the world will for the first time have more than 50 per cent of its population living in urban places. This will involve a huge increase of urban population. This book provides a major review of these processes of urban change. The authors are among some of the leading researchers and practitioners in this field and ensure that this book will be a seminal contribution to the study of urbanization.' Professor Terence McGee, University of British Columbia, Canada 'A deft handling of ongoing discussions about statistical methodology for measuring the populations and demographic characteristics of cities, New Forms of Urbanization tackles the issues of comparability, areal units, methods of aggregation, and measures of urban and rural in standards for the presentation of urban statistics. New Forms of Urbanization does so ably by bringing in perspectives from all over the world. This book should help address the global disparities in data, paving the way to greater efforts to streamline and coordinate approaches.' David R. Rain, US Census Bureau, Washington DC, USA 'This book should be of major interest to scholars, students and government officials interested in urban plan