First published in 1984. It is widely acknowledged that rural-urban differences and interrelationships play an important role in the development process. Some theorists believe they are a primary cause of continuing poverty in poor nations. This volume of essays summarises and appraises theories of rural-urban relations and economic development and explores, mainly on the basis of country case studies, the conceptual and theoretical problems to which they give rise, and the extent to which they correspond to recent experiences in the Third World.
Table of Contents
Editor’s Introduction; 1. Political Economy and the Rural-Urban Divide, 1767-1981 Mick Moore 2. Relative Agricultural Prices and the Urban Bias Model: A Comparative Analysis of Tanzania and Fiji Frank Ellis 3. Urban Bias, Rural Bias or State Bias? Urban-Rural Relations in Post-Revolutionary China Peter Nolan and Gordon White 4. ‘Generative’ or ‘Parasitic’ Urbanism? Some Observations from the Recent History of a South Indian Market Town Barbara Harriss and John Harriss 5. Categorising Space: Urban-Rural or Core-Periphery in Sri Lanka Mick Moore 6. ‘Urban Bias’ and Rural Poverty: A Latin American Perspective M. R. Redclift 7. Urban Bias Revisited Michael Lipton