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Mega-Urban Regions in Pacific Asia

Urban Dynamics in a Global Era

Southeast Asia contains four urban conglomerates of the sort that this study characterizes as Mega-Urban Regions – Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh. These locations are examined in this book, along with Taipei and Shanghai. Because the administrative boundaries of the cities at the core of these zones do not include the entire urban area, the significance of the broader urban community has largely escaped scholarly attention. The authors base their analysis on actual agglomeration size rather than administrative boundaries, and draw on unpublished census data to study the dynamics of these massive urban zones, considering area and population size as well as social and demographic patterns of change in core, inner and outer zones. They conclude that these mega-urban regions continue to increase their share of national populations, and zones immediately beyond the official metropolitan boundaries are where the most dramatic changes are occurring.

416 pages | 6 x 9

Asian Studies: General Asian Studies

Economics and Business: Economics--Urban and Regional

Geography: Urban Geography

Sociology: Urban and Rural Sociology

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Table of Contents

Tables, Figures and Boxes
1. Introduction
                Gavin Jones and Mike Douglass
2. The Morphology of Mega-Urban Regions Expansion
                Mike Douglass and Gavin Jones
3.  Comparative Dynamics of the Six Mega-Urban Regions
                Gavin Jones
4. Bangkok — Globalising the City of Angels
                Jarunun Sutiprapa, Preeya Mithranon, Paranee Watana and Chanpen Taesrikul
5. Jakarta — Dynamics of Change and Livability
                Si Gde Made Mamas and Rizky Komalasari
6. The Manila MUR: Continuing Magnet for Migrants
                Rachel H. Racelis and Paula Monina G. Collado
7. The Mega-Urban Transformations of Ho Chi Minh City in the Era of Doi Moi Renovation
                Dang Nguyen Anh
8. Taipei — Post-industrial Globalisation
                Li-ling Huang
9. The Resurgence of Shanghai and Its Demographic and Employment Changes in the 1990s
                Yu Zhu
10. The Livability of Mega-Urban Regions in Southeast Asia — Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta and Manila Compared
                Mike Douglass, Trung Quang Le, Cameron Kawika Lowry, Hao Thien Nguyen, Anh Nguyen Pham, Nghi Dong Thai and Hernani Yulinawati
11. Mega-Urban Region Dynamics in Comparative Perspective
                Mike Douglass and Gavin Jones

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