Development and Urbanization
This panel is an invitation to consider the relationship between the city and its neighbourhoods. Many aspects of the urban experience – ways of life and livelihoods, heritage preservation, organizing for local amenities like parks, and keeping local areas safe – are initiated, organized and sustained at the neighbourhood level. Neighbourhood activists are often part of a larger city learning and cooperative networks that work to support community gardens and food security, housing rights, and a number of critical issues central to cities.
The panel’s objectives are to:
(a) Conceptualize the ways in which neighbourhood local action shape the urban culture and city building;
(b) Understand the contributions of various disciplines and of particular methods in approaching the study of neighbourhoods; and
(c) See how the issues and dynamics identified in a particular paper can be better understood and elaborated in a comparative perspective provided by examples from other papers in the panel(s).
The papers which follow are organized into three sub themes: Social Organization, Neighbourhood and Livelihoods, and Neighbourhood Activism. This second panel is the second theme on Neighbourhood and Livelihoods. City neighborhoods are more than just a concentration of households in a particular geographical area. Understanding social and economic interactions among neighbours, as well as their relationships with other locations in the city contribute to understanding livelihoods spatially. Consequently, planning a neighbourhood is more than just about residential arrangement, but is also about understanding its dynamics, histories, and aspirations.