Cities in a globalizing world : global report on human settlements 2001 / United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat).

by United Nations Centre for Human SettlementsLooking glass.

Publisher: London : Earthscan Publications, 2001.Description: xxxviii, 344 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm.ISBN: 1853838055; 1853838063.Other title: Global report on human settlements 2001.Subject(s): GlobalizationLooking glass | Human settlementsLooking glass | Municipal servicesLooking glass | Urban policyLooking glass | Urban poorLooking glass | UrbanizationLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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* The most authoritative and up to date assessment of the development of the world's cities and other human settlements* A detailed assessment of the impacts and implications of globalization for cities* Statistical Annexes provide essential information on demographic, spatial & economic, housing, and environment & infrastructural indicatorsThe Global Report 2001 is the successor to the Global Report 1996. It is the only reliable and comprehensive assessment of the world's cities and an essential tool and reference for academics, researchers, planners and public authorities and civil society organizations around the world.The 2001 Report highlights the impacts of globalization in removing barriers and increasing the influence of market forces on policies and city development, the increased isolation and marginalization of many, especially poor and vulnerable social groups. It documents current housing and urban conditions, including access to health care and education, and examines policies and initiatives for improved quality of life across all sectors of urban society.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part I Development Context: Changes and Challenges
  • Human Settlements in a Globalizing World
  • UN Norms and Policy Platforms
  • Part II The State Of The World's Cities
  • The Economies of the City
  • Urban Environment, Infrastructure and Services
  • Urban Governance
  • Part III The State Of The World's Shelter
  • Household's Living Conditions
  • Housing Provision
  • Houselessness
  • Part IV Development Prospects And Policy Options
  • Human Settlements Prospects
  • Strategic Policy Foci
  • Need for Cooperation
  • Statistical Annex
  • Index

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As its title suggests, this United Nations publication is a summary of knowledge about global urbanized areas at the turn of the millennium. Brief chapters survey understanding of all major aspects of urban life (communications, development, employment, health, housing, politics, transportation, etc.) and provide examples from contemporary international cities. Especially interesting and informative are the sections on how information and communication technologies have impacted well-being in human settlements throughout the globe since the 1980s. Other notable sections deal with the devolution of public services to nongovernmental agencies and how this has led to greater gender equity for many less developed areas. The extensive appendix contains excellent data on urban population dynamics and development characteristics at the national and urban level. Because of its encyclopedic information, this book would be a good addition to any library and might prove useful to support urban geography or urban sociology courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level. B. C. Pearson State University of West Georgia