The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Urban Diversity: Space, Culture, and Inclusive Pluralism in Cities Worldwide
Related Topics: Urban Studies
As the world's urban populations grow, cities become spaces where increasingly diverse peoples negotiate such differences as language, citizenship, ethnicity and race, class and wealth, and gender. Using a comparative framework, Urban Diversity examines the multiple meanings of inclusion and exclusion in fast—changing urban contexts. The contributors identify specific areas of contestation, including public spaces and facilities, governmental structures, civil society institutions, cultural organizations, and cyberspace.
The contributors also explore the socioeconomic and cultural mechanisms that can encourage inclusive pluralism in the world's cities, seeking approaches that view diversity as an asset rather than a threat. Exploring old and new public spaces, practices of marginalized urban dwellers, and actions of the state, the contributors to Urban Diversity assess the formation and reformation of processes of inclusion, whether through deliberate actions intended to rejuvenate democratic political institutions or the spontaneous reactions of city residents.
What People are Saying
"The book is original in its global comparative perspective. It captures the global problem of the ever-increasing size of cities and hence their sustainability."
—Caroline B. Brettell, Southern Methodist University
Introduction: Exploring the Contours of Inclusion and Exclusion in Twenty-First-Century Cities, by Caroline Wanjiku Kihato, Mejgan Massoumi, Blair A. Ruble, Pep Subirós, and Allison M. Garland
Part I. Mutations of Public Space and the Public Domain
1 Collective Culture and Urban Public Space, by Ash Amin
2 Kyiv: Reinventing the Agora? Public Space as Political Arena, by Victor Stepanenko
3 Ethnic Precincts and Neo-Bohemias: The Future of Retail and Leisure "Contact Zones" in the Inclusive City, by John Hannigan
4 Cyberspace as the New Public Domain, by Mike Crang
5 Negotiating Gender and Access to Knowledge Technology in the Urban Context, by Pumla Dineo Gqola
Part II. Claiming Urban Space: New Modes of Inclusion and Belonging in Cities
6 Civic Governmentality: The Politics of Inclusion in Beirut and Mumbai, by Ananya Roy
7 Inclusion in Shifting Sands: Rethinking Mobility and Belonging in African Cities, by Loren B. Landau
8 Youth Cultures and the Mediation of Racial Exclusion or Inclusion in Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town, by Edgar Pieterse
9 Reconfiguring Citizenship in African Cities: Inclusion and Exclusion in Inner-City Johannesburg, by Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
10 Multilingual Cities: Communities of Knowledge, by Alícia Fuentes-Calle
Part III. Toward Inclusive Urban Governance?
11 Diversity and Urban Governance, by Richard Stren
12 Participatory Budgeting Processes in Brazil—Fifteen Years Later, by Edesio Fernandes
13 Crime and Violence: The Threat of Division and Exclusion in Latin American Cities, by Joseph S. Tulchin
14 Urban Inclusion and Public Space: Challenges in Transforming Barcelona, by Joan Roca i Albert 15 A Voice Is Heard in the City: Inclusive Cities and Citizen Voice, by Steven Friedman