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How should the metropolis be governed What is the appropriate scale to consider and organize local governance and communities Bringing together an interdisciplinary and international body of scholarly work City-Regions in Prospect explores the city-region as both an evolving concept and as a growing area of planning practice. Contributors raise critical questions about the ways in which governance reform is being reshaped and whether current trends towards rescaling and rebounding cities actually address local challenges of urbanization and global- ization. These essays highlight the tensions and uncertainties between the city- region as a concept and the experiences of local communities when municipal policies are applied. Proposing a challenge to scholars and municipal leaders to account for exibility adaptability to local contexts social robustness and community engagement City-Regions in Prospect captures the growing relevance and importance of cities in a rapidly urbanizing world. Kevin Edson Jones is director of the Faculty of Extensions City-Region Studies Centre at the University of Alberta. Alex Lord is senior lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Rob Shields is Henry Marshall Tory Endowed Research Chair and professor of sociology at the University of Alberta. South Africa the most urbanized country on the African continent displays some of the highest levels of socio-economic inequality in the world. What is life like for low-income African women in urban South Africa in the post-apartheid era Does urban life offer new opportunities for personal development equality for women and freedom Are there new forms of marginalization and danger shaping womens lives Why are so many women heading households on their own and what does this mean for family livelihoods intimacy and citizenship In On Their Own Allison Goebel explores womens experiences in the rapidly urbanizing context of post-1994 South Africa. She navigates different layers of urbanization in the country and illuminates the ways through which womens experiences of urbanization differ from mens and why these differences matter. In an approach that emphasizes womens right to the city Goebel presents original research in a case study of the city of Pietermaritzburg features life stories of urban women and engages with the literature in South African history politics gender studies urban studies and environmental studies. A revealing study of the ways in which urbaniza- tion is creating urgent social economic and environmental challenges for South Africa On Their Own also highlights the fraught legacies of apartheid and the aspirations of post-apartheid society for equality and opportunity across race and gender lines. Allison Goebel is associate professor in the School of Environmental Studies at Queens University. She is the author of Gender and Land Reform The Zimbabwe Experience. 1 1 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 5 P O L I T I C A L S T U D I E S U R B A N S T U D I E S W O M E N S S T U D I E S A F R I C A N S T U D I E S S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-Queens Studies in Urban Governance September 2015 978-0-7735-4604-2 32.95A CDN 32.95A US 22.99 paper 978-0-7735-4603-5 100.00S CDN 100.00S US 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 328pp 5 maps 7 tables Ebook available S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-Queens Studies in Urban Governance October 2015 978-0-7735-4590-8 32.95A CDN 32.95A US 22.99 paper 978-0-7735-4589-2 100.00S CDN 100.00S US 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 248pp 5 photos 1 map 2 diagrams 6 tables Ebook available City-Regions in Prospect Exploring the Meeting Points between Place and Practice edited by kevin edson jones alex lord and rob shields Essays exploring the prospects of the city-region. On Their Own Women Urbanization and the Right to the City in South Africa allison goebel Cutting edge research on the contradictions of race class and gender in post-apartheid urban South Africa.