While cities often act as the engines of economic growth for developing countries, they are also frequently the site of growing violence, poverty, and inequality. Yet, social theory, largely developed and tested in the Global North, is often inadequate in tackling the realities of life in the dangerous parts of cities in the Global South. Drawing on the findings of an ambitious five-year, 15-project research programme, Social Theories of Urban Violence in the Global South offers a uniquely Southern perspective on the violence-poverty-inequalities dynamics in cities of the Global South.
Through their research, urban violence experts based in low- and middle-income countries demonstrate how "urban violence" means different things to different people in different places. While some researchers adopt or adapt existing theoretical and conceptual frameworks, others develop and test new theories, each interpreting and operationalizing the concept of urban violence in the particular context in which they work. In particular, the book highlights the links between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities based on income, class, gender, and other social cleavages.
Providing important new perspectives from the Global South, this book will be of interest to policymakers, academics, and students with an interest in violence and exclusion in the cities of developing countries.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"This impressive new collection by Salahub, Gottsbacher, and de Boer sheds light on the causes and consequences of urban violence in more than 40 low- and middle-income cities around the world. The volume takes an original approach, mobilizing theories, concepts and methods tailored to the realities of the Global South. The editors have assembled a talented and inter-disciplinary cast of scholars from Africa, Asia and the Americas. In the process, they have laid a forward-looking agenda that will drive debate and action toward making cities safer and more secure." - Robert Muggah, Co-Founder and Research Director, Instituto Igarape, Brazil
"We desperately need a book focused on urban violence in the global South that calls attention to theory while also raising questions about the value of paradigms imported from the global North to account for this explosion of chronic violence. This is precisely that book. Through a series of grounded accounts from leading scholars of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, this edited volume documents the social, institutional, and spatial conditions in cities of the global South and reveals how these dynamics problematize the application of theories drawn from the United States and Europe. A key finding is that unique patterns of rapid urbanization, socio-spatial exclusion, and weak governance capacities combine to produce patterns of violence that cannot be explained by poverty alone. Through special attention to gender dynamics and inter-personal norms and networks, among other factors, we begin to grasp the systemic and structural nature of urban violence. Such findings further justify the urgent need to identify new action strategies to address the scourge of violence that is destroying lives, neighborhoods, and cities across large swathes of the world." - Diane E. Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Urbanism Regional and Planning, Harvard University, USA
"As rates of urban violence burgeon across the world, especially in its poorer regions, there is a real need to know more about this and the associated processes from the perspective of those living through it. Social Theories of Urban Violence in the Global South: Towards Safe and Inclusive Cities does just that in a wonderfully engaging way drawing on cases from cities across Latin America, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Explicitly avoiding the imposition of Northern conceptualising, the book provides fresh and exciting insights shaped by grounded local theorising. This feeds directly into highlighting the importance of identifying lasting solutions to urban violence rooted in local realities. This book therefore speaks in an exceptionally clear voice to researchers, students and policy-makers alike about the complex, gendered, lived realities of experiencing urban violence in cities of the global South. It will, without doubt, become core reading for these constituencies." - Cathy McIlwaine, Professor of Development Geography, Kings College, London, UK
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