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Urban Risk and Well-being in Asian Mega Cities
Urban Lower and Middle Classes in Bangkok, Shanghai, and Tokyo

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ISBN 9781032357133
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
144 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Rapid urbanisation presents challenges such as inequality, informalisation and diversified, social needs for emerging cities. Informal and formal institutions and their impact on urban development and wellbeing vary across social classes and cities.

Endo, Shibuya, and their contributors provide a systematic and multifaceted overview of urban wellbeing. It explores the characteristics and complexities of urban wellbeing of lower and middle classes in Asian megacities. The book explains that social setting and socioeconomic condition of individuals and households play critical role in urban wellbeing. It offers insights on the vulnerabilities and resilience of urban populations and the intertwined dynamics of social networks and what they mean for individual wellbeing.

A useful reference for students, researchers and academics in urban studies, Asian studies or development studies.

Table of Contents

1.Urban Risk and Well-Being in Asian Megacities, Tamaki Endo and Momoyo Shibuya 2. Megacities matter: Socioeconomic dynamics and subjective well-being in three megacities, Tamaki Endo and Momoyo Shibuya 3. Asian Megacity Survey on Well-Being, Momoyo Shibuya 4. Understanding urban well-being from a historical perspective, Asuka Imaizumi 5. Perceived and Experienced Urban Risks and Life Difficulties: Past, Present, and Future, Tamaki Endo 6. The Networks of Received and Anticipated Supports as a Risk Response to Urban Life in Asia, Momoyo Shibuya 7. Life Satisfaction and Social Security in Three Megacities, Masato Miyazaki 8. Towards better urban well-being in Asian megacities, Momoyo Shibuya and Tamaki Endo

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Tamaki Endo is Professor at Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Saitama University. Her research interests include informal economy, urban development, inequality and global value chain. She received her PhD in Economics (2007) from Kyoto University. Main publications are Living with Risks: Precarity & Bangkok’s Urban Poor (NUS Press association with Kyoto University Press, 2014), Goto, Endo and Ito [eds], The Asian Economy: Contemporary Issues and Challenges (Routledge, 2020).

Momoyo Shibuya is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Saitama University. She received her PhD from Macquarie University on Japanese transnational community’s ethnic relations in a social contextual shift; the research was later published as Interethnic Attitude that Matters (2010). After completing her degree, she worked as a researcher in the media industry and at think tanks before joining Saitama University. Her research interests include ethnic networks and soft power, and current project is on minorities in journalism, especially in postcolonial societies.