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Editors: Ronnie Donaldson (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), Lochner Marais (University of the Free State, South Africa)
Book Description:
Urban geographic inquiry has for decades been biased towards a focus on larger cities and metropolitan areas, both in the developed and developing world contexts. Small towns are generally depicted as rural, and many people do not even consider the term urban to be applicable to small towns. The editors of this collection invited scholars from around the world to contribute chapters that explore the developmental challenges of small cities and towns empirically, theoretically and historically in specific urban contexts in Africa. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents:
Preface: Small town geographies
(Ronnie Donaldson and Lochner Marais)

Part I: Conceptual, methodological and theoretical applications

1. Classification of South African towns revisited;pp. 3-19
(Daan Toerien and Lochner Marais)

2. Exploring small town development dynamics in rural South Africa's post-productivist landscapes;pp. 21-34
(Gijsbert Hoogendoorn and Etienne Nel)

3. Identifying economic growth drivers in small towns in South Africa: A case study;pp. 35-43
(Kian Reynolds and Geoff Antrobus)

4. Rethinking sustainability of small towns: Towards a socio-technical approach;pp. 45-63
(André Pelser, Alta van der Merwe and Paula Kotze)

5. Using geospatial data analysis and qualitative economic intelligence to inform local economic development in small towns: A case study of Graaff-Reinet, South Africa;pp. 65-81
(Manfred Spocter)

6. Theorizing the way forward regarding transdisciplinary research on environmental crises in small towns - Merafong in the Gauteng Province as case study;pp. 83-100
(Elize van Eeden)

7. Commuting to and from small towns in the hinterland of Cape Town Metropolitan Area, Western Cape Province;pp.101-110
(Tom de Jong and Otto Verkoren

8. Small town racism: Place-identity politics and discourses of protest;pp. 111-124
(Suntosh Pillay and Kevin Durrheim)

Part II: Small town developmental challenges in South Africa

9. Improving the business environment for local economic development in small town South Africa;pp. 127-142
(Christian Rogerson)

10. Prince Albert: A fourth economic bubble or sustainable development?;pp. 143-162
(Daan Toerien)

11. Book town tourism as a private development initiative for small town revival: The case of Richmond;pp. 163-179
(Ronnie Donaldson and Lizette Vermeulen)

12. Promoting small town development: The case of the Apollo Development Association;pp. 181-194
(Russel van Rooy and Lochner Marais)

13. Missing the uranium train: Local economic development and civic culture in Beaufort West;pp. 195-208
(Deidre van Rooyen)

14. Tarring the road to Mecca: Dilemmas of infrastructural development in a small Karoo town;pp. 209-222
(Mark Ingle)

15. Tourism risks associated with small town development: The case of Clarens;pp. 223-231
(Lochner Marais, Anita Venter, Amanda De Gouveia, Malene Campbell and Wynand Myburgh)

16. Getting the chemistry right: The impact of the FIFA 2010 world cup on Karoo towns;pp. 233-250
(Doreen Atkinson)

17. Hartbeespoort evolving from small town to post-productivist second home development node;pp. 251-262
(Melissa Baker and Kevin Mearns)

18. Coastal spaces as ‘walls’: Gated developments in small towns on the West Coast;pp. 263-274
(Ronnie Donaldson)

19. Calvinia: Exploratory study of the workings of a Karoo town;pp. 275-295
(Stephen Rule and Sydney Fryer)

20. Local implementation of national policy: “Breaking new ground” in the coastal towns of the Overberg municipal area?;pp. 297-309
(Tarryn Paquet and Ronnie Donaldson)

21. Size matters: Land restitution in Knysna;pp. 311-326
(Jane Battersby)

22. A developmental planning approach to the plight of small and dying towns in South Africa;pp. 327-337
(Verna Nel)

23. The future of struggling small towns in South Africa;pp. 339-349
(Phila Xuza)

24. Re-orienting rural development in the Eastern Cape: Small town regeneration as a strategy for rural development: The case study of Keiskammahoek;pp. 351-362
(Sandiswa Qayi)

Part III: Non-South African geographies

25. Tourism development and community response: The case of the Inhambane coastal zone, Mozambique;pp. 365-382
(Emidio Nhantumbo and Sanette Ferreira)

26. Tourism growth and societal transformations in Cameroon's coastal resorts: Sex tourism and its implications for sustainable tourism development in Kribi and Limbe;pp. 383-401
(Albert Kimbu)

27. Agriculture-related industry and small town growth in Zambia: A case of Mazabuka;pp. 403-415
(Wilma Nchito)

28. Small town sustainability: problems and potentials;pp. 417-432
(Andreas Wienecke)

29. ‘Informal’ settlements: A product of deficient formal land management policies?;pp. 433-449
(Evance Mwathunga)


      African Political, Economic, and Security Issues
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2012 1st quarter
   Pages: 7 x 10 (NBC - C) 457pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-62100-001-3
   Status: AV
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