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Development and the Rural-Urban Divide

1st Edition

Edited by John Harriss, Mick Moore


170 pages

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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

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban Studies

Reissuing works originally published between 1968 and 1997, this 24 volume set offers a selection of scholarship on urban studies. Topics include urban policy, urban economics, and identity and poverty in urban communities. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology and urban studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban