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Title:Special issue: Towards creating inclusive cities: experiences and challenges in contemporary South Africa
Editors:Benit-Gbaffou, ClaireISNI
Kihato, CarolineISNI
Landau, LorenISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:urban housing
housing policy
urban life
rental housing
gender inequality
urban development
External link:https://link.springer.com/journal/12132/21/1/page/1
Abstract:This special issue on the creation of inclusive cities in contemporary South Africa contains five papers. South African cities are encouraged by organizations such as the United Nations to work towards the inclusion of poor and marginalized inhabitants, but what is meant by inclusion, and what specific devices can contribute to the realization of this objective? In Johannesburg, South Africa, ownership of formal housing is conceptualized as both a symbol of and a route to the inclusion of poor people into the city. This is the subject of Sarah Charlton's paper. Lone Poulsen examines access to affordable rental housing in Johannesburg as a mechanism for inclusion in the city with a particular emphasis on 'rooms', particularly for migrants. Joanna Vearey explores the complexities displayed by urban migrant populations using informal housing and considers how local government can (not) engage with such migrant groups to address their public health and social welfare needs. Dominique Vidal examines the meaning of city life for migrants from Maputo (Mozambique) in Johannesburg. Based on a study of three municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, Alison Todes, Pearl Sithole and Amanda Williamson explore the extent to which women's voices have been mainstreamed into the participatory processes of integrated development plans (IDPs) and how this has affected municipal policy and its implementation in projects. [ASC Leiden abstract]