Globalization and a neo-liberal world order are impacting the global urban system, resulting in massive transformation of cities across the world. This transformation, which is currently the center of focus among sociologists, will continue as more and more city spaces are occupied in the wake of globalization.
This book is a collection of essays written by some of the most famous theoreticians and academics in the area of urban studies on this transformation process of cities and its socio-economic ramifications.
These essays analyze the signs of intense spatial crisis in metropolises, revealing the contradictory processes of integration and segmentation that characterize the critical nature of global city space. Crisis of urban space in such cities, the book argues, is essentially related to their placement in the world city system and the limitations in their globalocal networks. Restructuring spaces also leads to differentiated and contradictory processes, the book reveals, since not all segments of the population are affected equally. The process benefits only parts of society and, therefore, only parts of the city space. This book shows how Centre and Periphery, reflect the differentiation between global society and segmented localities, how these stand spatially anchored, creating a background of intense urban conflicts.
This volume explores and exposes a divided framework in which globalization operates towards fragmentation and polarization; debunking the myth of homogenization. The essays reveal that cities and regions across the world get incorporated into this system, exhibiting characteristics that are more diverse and complex than ever before especially due to the increasingly contradictory relationship with their local resource and cultural base.
Chapter 10: Urban Public Space and the Urban Poor
Urban Public Space and the Urban Poor
This chapter attempts to examine the use of urban public space in the context of changing position of labour in Mumbai. It will cover mainly the changing employment patterns in the city and its effects on the use of public space. A more important issue is of the position of the urban working poor in the city. These people, who are a part of the rapidly growing informal economy, comprise the majority of the city's population and they contribute to its economy in a number of ways. However in a city where land is available at a high premium these people are targeted as the villains responsible for the growing urban crises. ...