Segmented Cities?
328 pages, 6 x 9
3 maps, 6 graphs, 13 tables
Release Date:01 Nov 2014
Release Date:01 Mar 2014
Release Date:01 Mar 2014

Segmented Cities?

How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and Nationalist Politics

UBC Press

Across the globe, more people are living in cities, be it through the movement of domestic populations from hinterlands or via international migration. Cities are increasingly subject to significant pluralization, and the challenges of ethnic and national diversity have become distinctively urban issues.

This book offers answers to some of the most pressing questions of our day: Is globalization drawing urban populations together or tearing them apart? Does immigration exacerbate or ameliorate existing ethnic and nationalist conflicts in divided cities? Can institutional design help decision makers engender integration in diverse and contested urban settings, or are such interventions counterproductive? Contributors analyze the conditions under which cities from a broad range of geographical regions serve as sites of ethnic and national discord or amity. Particular attention is paid to the influence of economic globalization, cities’ entrenched ethno-linguistic configurations, and urban political institutions.

Segmented Cities? provides a timely analysis of how the forces of urbanization and pluralization are shaping the world’s urban centres. It also provides valuable insights into what can be done to encourage cities to act as vectors of integration and dialogue rather than conflict and segmentation.

This book will be of interest to students of ethnic and nationalist politics and urbanization in a wide range of disciplines, including political science, geography, and sociology.

Kristin R. Good is an associate professor of political science at Dalhousie University. Luc Turgeon is an assistant professor of political studies at the University of Ottawa. Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

Contributors: Scott A. Bollens, David Cameron, Susan E. Clarke, Dickson Eyoh, Dirk Jabobs, David Ley, Wei Li, David A. McDonald, Blair A. Ruble, Keeley W. Stokes, Yoann Veny, Alan Walks, and Wan Yu


Introduction: Ethnic and Nationalist Politics in a Global and Urban World / Kristin R. Good, Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos, and Luc Turgeon

Part 1: Globalization, Scale, and the Political Economy of Ethnically Plural “World Cities”

1 Adding Human Diversity to Urban Political Economy Analysis: The Case of Russia / Blair A. Ruble

2 Citizenship and Livelihood Struggles in Turbulent Times: The City and Ethnic Politics in Postcolonial Africa / Dickson Eyoh

3 Gentrification, Social Mix, and the Immigrant-Reception Function of Inner-City Neighbourhoods: Evidence from Canadian Globalizing Cities / Alan Walks

4 Globalization, Immigration, and Ethnoburbs / Wan Yu and Wei Li

Part 2: Ethnolinguistic Configurations and Relations in Segmented Cities

5 Cape Town’s “World-Class” Segregation / David A. McDonald

6 Segmented Cities: Ethnic Conflict, Geographical Scale, and the Politics of Explanation / David Ley

7 Immigrant Inclusion and Linguistic Struggle in the Brussels-Capital Region / Yoann Veny and Dirk Jacobs

Part 3: Managing Diversity through Local Institutions and Processes of Urban Governance

8 Jerusalem: Conflict in the City of Peace / David Cameron

9 Managing Multicultural Cities in Divided Countries / Scott A. Bollens

10 Social Cohesion and Democratic Voice: Paths to Political Incorporation / Susan E. Clarke and Keeley W. Stokes

Conclusion: Cities as Dynamic Sites of Integration and Segmentation / Luc Turgeon, Kristin R. Good, and Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos


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