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Concrete JunglesUrban Pollution and the Politics of Difference in the Caribbean$
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Rivke Jaffe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190273583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190273583.001.0001

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Caribbean Cities in Comparative Perspective

Caribbean Cities in Comparative Perspective

2 (p.21) Caribbean Cities in Comparative Perspective
Concrete Jungles

Rivke Jaffe

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a historical background to the two case studies, detailing the historical development of Willemstad and Kingston within a comparative Caribbean urban framework. Considering the potential of comparative urbanism more broadly, the chapter reflects on the salience of “Caribbean cities” as a framework of analysis, given the diversity of urban development trajectories within the region. This is followed by sections that outline the socio-spatial and political development of the two islands and their capital cities, highlighting both similarities and divergences in historical trajectories. These sections provide context for the comparisons and ethnographic discussions that follow later on in the book. The chapter ends with an introduction to the four research neighborhoods, focusing on their social and ecological characteristics and their positioning within the larger urban landscape.

Keywords:   comparative urbanism, colonial history, Caribbean cities, area studies, Kingston, Willemstad, built environment, urban planning

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