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103 photos; 8 figures; 8 tables; 37 maps, 8" x 10"



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Urbanization in a Global Context

Edited by Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake

Urbanization in a Global Context introduces students to the process of urbanization around the world, emphasizing the interconnectedness of urban spaces in different regions. Grounded in international case studies, the text explores contemporary urban issues - from urban policy, climate change, and gender, to transportation and water governance - and incorporates Canadian perspectives to give students a truly comprehensive overview of global urban dynamics.

Readership : Urbanization in a Global Context is intended for university urban geography courses offered at the 2nd- and 3rd-year level.


  • "The wide variety of case studies offers a truly international framework for understanding cities, one which highlights connections without smothering important differences. I am impressed with the diversity of authors and perspectives."
    --Leslie Kern, Mount Allison University

  • "Urbanization in a Global Context is an excellent introduction to discussions of global urban issues and processes while being mindful of the unique position of Canadian cities within them."
    --Colin Mills, Langara College

Tables and Figures
1. Introduction: Urbanization and Urban Geographies, Linda Peake and Alison L. Bain
Part One: Urban Development
2. Shifting Urban Contours: Understanding a World of Growing and Shrinking Cities, Kenneth Cardenas and Philip Kelly
3. National Urban Systems in an Era of Transnationalism, André Sorensen
4. Globalizing Cities and Suburbs, Richard Harris and Roger Keil
5. Incremental and Instant Development: Informal and Spectacular Urbanisms, Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin and Michele Buckley
Part Two: Urban Policy and Planning
6. Urban Policy and Governance: Austerity Urbanism, Betsy Donald and Mia Gray
7. Land Use and Creativity in Post-industrial Cities, Alison L. Bain and Rachael Baker
8. Socialist and Post-socialist Cities in the Twenty-First Century, Lisa B. W. Drummond and Douglas Young
9. Urban Planning, Indigenous Peoples, and Settler States, Ryan Walker and Sarem Nejad
10. Urban Policy and Planning for Climate Change, Daniel Aldana Cohen
Part Three: Urban Forms
11. Gentrification, Gated Communities, and Social Mixing, Nicholas Lynch and Yolande Pottie-Sherman
12. Unequal and Volatile Urban Housing Markets, Alan Walks and Dylan Simone
13. Urban Public Spaces, Virtual Spaces, and Protest, Ebru Ustundag and Gökbörü S. Tanyildiz
14. Urban Geopolitics: War, Militarization, and "The Camp", Nicole Laliberteé and Dima Saad
Part Four: Urban Lives
15. Placing the Transnational Urban Migrant, Harjant S. Gill and Margaret Walton-Roberts
16. The Urban Poor: The Urban Majority and Everyday Life, Sabin Ninglekhu and Katharine Rankin
17. Women in Cities, Linda Peake and Geraldine Pratt
18. Urban Governance, Ethnicity, Race, and Youth, Beverley Mullings and Abdul Alim Habib
19. Disabling Cities, Nancy Worth, Laurence Simard-Gagnon, and Vera Chouinard
20. Cities, Sexualities, and the Queering of Urban Space, David K. Seitz and Natalie Oswin
Part Five: Urban Infrastructure and Liveability
21. Plants, Animals, and Urban Life, Laura Shillington and Alice Hovorka
22. Healthy Cities, Godwin Arku and Richard Sadler
23. Urban Water Governance, Rebecca McMillan, Sawanya Phakphian, and Amrita Danière
24. Delivering and Managing Waste and Sanitation Services in Cities, Carrie L. Mitchell, Kate Parizeau, and Virginia Maclaren
25. Global Convergence and Divergence in Urban Transportation, Craig Townsend
26. Conclusion: Envisioning Global Urban Futures, Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake
Glossary of Key Terms

Instructor's Manual:
For each chapter:
- 3-5 additional scholarly readings
- 3-5 related websites
- 3-5 suggested activities
- 3-5 sample essay questions
- 2-3 related YouTube clips
Image Bank:
- All images, figures, tables, and maps from the text
E-Book (ISBN 9780199021543)

Alison L. Bain is an Associate Professor of Geography at York University.

Linda Peake is a Professor of Social Science who teaches in the Urban Studies program and the Graduate Program in Geography and is the Director of the CITY Institute at York University.

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Special Features

  • A strong international focus - featuring case studies on cities around the world - combine with Canadian perspectives and examples to connect worldwide urban issues to the Canadian context.
  • Expert Canadian contributors highlight current urban scholarly debates and provide an authoritative introduction to global urbanization that students in Canada can relate to.
  • Coverage of the developed and developing world helps students understand differences and similarities between cities in the global North and South.
  • An accessible writing style that seamlessly combines strong foundational material, illustrative cases, and engaging thematic chapters, helps undergraduates easily grasp concepts.
  • Thought-provoking pedagogical tools - including activities and review questions - encourage students to collaborate with peers to reflect on how international urban issues could relate to their experience in Canadian cities.
  • A rich visual program - including photographs, maps, figures, and tables-helps enhance students' understanding of key concepts.