Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: Urban Livelihoods

The network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) guest edited this issue, drawing on its experience of working since 1997 to improve the situation of the working poor in the informal economy. The themed papers in this issue therefore focus on informal employment in particular sectors and contexts, providing both comprehensive surveys of the related literature and grounded accounts of the working lives of specific groups. The occupational groups span street vendors, waste pickers, fisherwomen, and home-based workers.

Geographically, the papers examine India (Ahmedabad and Udupi), South Africa (Durban), Tanzania (Arusha) and Peru (Lima). And in terms of theme, the papers explore the ways gender, youth, class and caste intersect with employment that is often precarious or under-valued, as well as the resourceful solutions that the urban informal workforce is drawing upon to improve health, safety, and earnings. All this leads to concrete policy suggestions for ways to strengthen urban livelihoods. A strong gendered component runs through the papers on urban livelihoods, as WIEGO particularly works to mobilize female workers.


Book notes

Food and Urbanism, by Susan Parham, explores the interconnections between food and cities using the lens of urbanism. She analyses how transforming spaces of food and cities contributes to convivial and sustainable living, and may affect these attributes in a largely urbanized future. Parham leads the reader on a journey through time and space, from the kitchen table to the urban peripheries and food regions.

The City in the Making, by Marcel Hénaff, explores the making of the future city. In doing so it bridges the fields of anthropology, philosophy and urbanism, whilst providing a poetic read. It starts by looking at the ancient cities of the Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia. Then it moves through time and place to explore how cities have evolved and what this implies for the future of the city. In particular Hénaff questions whether urbanization creates an urban planet or if, ironically, it causes the dissolution of the city.

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