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456 pp.
85 photos; 2 tables; 37 maps, 7.5" x 9.25"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Urbanization in a Global Context

Second Edition

Edited by Alison Bain and Linda Peake

Urbanization in a Global Context is a contributed text that helps Canadian students understand the process of urbanization by examining cities outside Canada across the Global North and South. Truly international in its approach, it emphasizes the interconnectedness of urban places and fosters analysis that identifies the similarities and differences between cities in different world regions. Each chapter focuses on different contemporary urban issues - ranging from urban policy, climate change, and gender to transportation and water governance - and introduces current urban scholarly debates, grounding them in international case studies. How these issues resonate with the Canadian urban context is discussed in text boxes, which employ descriptive accounts, drawing on examples from a selection of small-, mid-, and large-sized Canadian cities. Activities and questions at the end of each chapter prompt students to collaborate with peers to further critically reflect upon how these urban issues could relate to their lived experience in Canadian cities.

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


  • "This is an excellent textbook for Canadian courses on Global Urbanism, World Cities, or Global Urban Studies. The rich case studies from all over the world, and authors from different social sciene disciplines sets this text apart."
    -Marylynn Steckley, Carleton University
  • "This textbook brings cities to life by combining urban scholarship with a fascinating range of global and Canadian current issues and case studies. Topics are grouped in intriguing ways and discuss the governance and evolution of cities, making the city from the group up, diversity of urban experiences, and more. Any student would be more interested in cities and urban-dwelling people around the world after workig from this text."
    -Melanie Bedore, McMaster University

Tables and Figures
1. Introduction: Global Urbanization and Urban Futures, Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake
PART I: The "Infinite Variety" of the Urban
Preface: Part I
2. Shifting Urban Contours: Understanding a World of Growing and Shrinking Cities, Kenneth Cardenas and Philip Kelly
3. Suburbanization Worldwide, Richard Harris and Roger Keil
4. The Right to the City: "The Slum" and Informal Urbanisms, Katharine Rankin, Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, and Sabin Ninglehku
5. "Instant" Cities? Rapid Urbanization and Spectacular Urbanisms, Penn Tsz Ting Ip and Michelle Buckley
6. Spaces of Division: Gentrification, Gated Communities, and Social Mixing, Nicholas Lynch and Yolande Pottie-Sherman
PART II: Imposing Order? Plans, Policies, and Technologies
Preface: Part II
7. Urban Planning, Indigenous Peoples, and Settler States, Ryan Walker and Sarem Nejad
8. Inequality, Austerity, and Volatile Urban Housing Markets, Alan Walks and Dylan Simone
9. Cultural Governance in Post-Industrial Cities, Alison L. Bain and Friederike Landau-Donnelly
10. Urban Policy and Planning for the Climate Crisis, Daniel Aldana Cohen
11. Smart Cities: Big Data and Surveillance, Brandon Hillier and Teresa Abbruzzese
PART III: "Living Just Enough for the City"
Preface: Part III
12. Refugees, Immigration, and Urban Citizenship, Pablo Bose
13. Women in Cities, Linda Peake and Geraldine Pratt
14. Urban Governance, Ethnicity, Race, and Youth, Beverley Mullings and Abdul Alim Habib
15. Healthy Cities, Godwin Arku, Richard Sadler, Laurence Simard-Gagnon, and Vera Chouinard
16. LGBTQ+ Urban Social Worlds, Julie A. Podmore, Alison L. Bain, and Chan Arun-Pina
PART IV: Groundwork
Preface: Part IV
17. More-Than-Human-Cities, Lauren Van Patter, Laura Shillington, and Alice Hovorka
18. Water, Waste, and Sanitation in Cities, Rebecca McMillan, Carrie L. Mitchell, and Kate Parizeau
19. Urban Transportation Infrastructure, Craig Townsend and Govind Gopakumar
20. Urban Citizenship and Digital Citizenship: Public Spaces and Resistance, Ebru Ustundag and Gökbörü Sarp Tanyildiz
Glossary of Key Terms

Instructor's Manual:
For each chapter:
· Chapter overview
· 3-5 learning objectives
· List of key terms
· 3 essay questions
· 3 class activities and discussion ideas
· List of additional resources (5 film clips; 3 websites; 5-8 further readings)
PowerPoint Slides:
For each chapter:
· 25-30 slides
Test Bank:
For each chapter:
· 20 multiple choice questions
· 15 true/false questions
· 8 short answer questions
Image Bank:
· All images, figures, tables, and maps from the text

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.

Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciences - Margot Northey, Dianne Draper and David B. Knight
Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences - Iain Hay and Philip Giles
Canadian Cities in Transition - Edited by Markus Moos, Tara Vinodrai and Ryan Walker

Special Features

  • Global perspectives with a Canadian context. Urbanization offers a truly global approach to the exploration of urbanization and is the only volume of its kind to incorporate international content with Canadian perspectives
  • Expert Contributors. With contributors by Canada's leading urban experts, Urbanization is the only contributed volume on the topic to draw from Canadian researchers working and researching internationally.
  • Balanced coverage between Global North and South. Effectively integrates global case studies that in no way privilege one over the other.
  • Engaging. Urbanization offers a good balance between storytelling and scholarship to peak undergraduates' interest.