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Urbanization and Development in Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives

Urbanization and Development in Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives
Urbanization and Development in Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives
The 20th century was one of rapid urbanization—that is urbanization by urban growth, and by rural-to-urban migration. By the dawn of the 21st century, for the first time in human history, more than half of the world’s population was living in urban areas. Demographic forecasts for the decades ahead estimate that by the year 2030 almost five billion people will be living in towns and cities, with urban growth most concentrated in Africa and Asia. Asia—comprising countries of growing economic and political importance on the global economic scene—portrays the complexity of urbanization, especially the extent to which it is migration-led. Why do people move from rural to urban areas? In what ways does globalization affect such movement? What are the synergies between globalization, urbanization, and migration? What are the challenges with resettlement, especially those of minority groups? To try to answer these questions and gain a better understanding of what predominant urbanization means for human development UNU-WIDER launched a large research project cutting across scholarly disciplines with specific foci on the world’s regions. This book results from the Asia focus. The reader is in for deep insights into the above issues.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press India
Title:
Urbanization and Development in Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives
Authors:
Edited by Jo Beall, Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, and Ravi Kanbur
Publication date:
June 2012
ISBN 13 Web:
978-0-19-807853-1
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2012
Project:
Development in an Urban World