Critical Planning Publishes its 18th Volume!

October 31, 2011 - 2:30pm

For its 18th volume, Critical Planning explores migration with a particular focus on its causes, consequences, and responses. Migration is rarely a painless process, and almost never a voluntary one. People move from the countryside to the city, from the city to the suburbs (and back), and from the developing world to the developed world in order to seek employment, to flee political oppression or war, or to escape the impending ravages of climate change. Such human flux produces fertile ground for creative interactions among people of diverse languages, cultures, and experiences. At the same time, it can inspire adverse reactions, as seen in recent immigration enforcement legislation in Arizona and the proscription of minarets and headscarves in Europe.

The innovative forces of global capitalism have manifested themselves geographically through depopulation and disinvestment in former leading centers of manufacturing. Reactions to these shifts are multifaceted and multi-scalar, encompassing immigrant civil rights movements, government economic stimulus policies, and redevelopment plans for shrinking cities. These significant global changes have visibly raised several crucial questions, which our authors confront: How do migrants experience their new environment? How do planners deal with rapidly shifting populations? Can planning provide solutions for concerns related to housing, social equity, and the built environment in a time of global flows? How do newcomers contribute to the local economic and cultural environment, and does this influence the development of new planning policies? Can policies be fair both to citizens and to potential migrants? Finally, is it possible to effectively plan for urban expansion and contraction in relation to infrastructure, technology, sustainability, and housing?

In this volume of Critical Planning our authors question whether the issues stemming from migration can inform urban research and if so, how can it become an integral part of planning practice? The articles explore migration in a variety of locations and time periods, which allows for the study of a variety of perspectives, and a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of the topic. [...]

Karolina Górska (From "Editorial Note: Migration")

Table of Contents

Editorial Note: Migration
Karolina Gorska

From Mogadishu to Columbus: Somali Refugee Resettlement, Segmented Assimilation and Policy Implications
Christopher Riley

Planning and Local Citizenship: How Migrants Become Active Citizens in Vancouver
Lisi Feng

Retirement Migration and the (Re)population of Vulnerable Rural Areas: A Case Study of Date City (Hokkaidō, Japan)
Thomas Feldhoff

The Changing Face of the American Dream: Planning Strategies For Immigrant Integration and Sustainable Growth in Suburban America
Julie Behrens and Kaja Kühl

Immigration as Domestic Housing Market Expansion and Planners’ Dream Fulfillment: 1960s British Migration to South Australia
Janette Young

What the Market Bares
Dara Greenwald and Sarah Kanouse

Coming Tide of Climate Migrants? An Interview with the University of Geneva’s Dr. Alexandre Babak Hedjazi on the 2010 University of Geneva and United Nations Environment Program Conference on Climate Change and Migration
Shadrach Pilip-Florea

This is Our Country Too: Undocumented Immigrant Youth Organizing and the Battle for the DREAM Act
Carlos Amador

BOOK REVIEW: Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy
Gilda Rodríguez

Critical Planning is supported by the UCLA Graduate Students Association, the Dean’s Office in the School of Public Affairs, the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and the Urban Planning Department.


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