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Life Space and Economic Space Third World Planning in Perspective

By John Friedmann Copyright 1988
    316 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Friedmann perceives a global crisis which he traces to the dissolution of territorial relations. This he believes results from penetration of the global system of markets into the remotest corners of the world, undermining tradition cultures and ways of life. The consequence is incipient breakdown, he asserts, and we need to repoliticize space and subordinate the power of capital to the collective will of people organized to work toward common ends. This deliberately provocative collection of essays includes an autobiographical fragment providing contextual information about the author.

    Part I Urbanization in the Global Economy 1. On the Contradictions Between City and Countryside 2. The Crisis of Transition: A Critique of Strategies of Crisis Management 3. World City Formation 4. Life Space and Economic Space: Contradictions in Regional Development 5. The Barrio Economy and Collective Self-Empowerment in Latin America Part II Spatial Aspects of National Planning 6. The Spatial Organization of Power in the Development of Urban Systems 7. Urban Bias in Regional Development 8. The Active Community: Toward a Political-Territorial Framework for Rural Development in Asia 9. Political and Technical Moments in Planning: Agropolitan Development Revisited 10. Planning in Latin America: From Technocratic Illusion to Open Democracy Part III Epilogue 11. The Crisis of Belief


    John Friedmann