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Urban Diversity

, 400 pages
September 2010



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Urban Diversity

Space, Culture, and Inclusive Pluralism in Cities Worldwide

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.

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato is a senior research fellow at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mejgan Massoumi is the manager and program coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and former project associate of the Comparative Urban Studies Program (CUSP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Blair A. Ruble is director of CUSP and director of the Kennan Institute. Pep Subirós is a writer and scholar who has been associated with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) and the city government of Barcelona. Allison M. Garland is the program associate for CUSP.

"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."

"This broad collection of ideas and solutions, data, and reflections should stimulate scholars and policy makers to reconsider their work while looking at other changing cities worldwide."

"Complex and ambitious... An ideal book for comparative urban studies class and a must read for any scholar or policy-maker interested in tackling the challenges of the Twenty-First century city."