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1st Edition

The Earthscan Reader in Rural-Urban Linkages

Edited By

Cecilia Tacoli

ISBN 9781844073160
Published August 1, 2006 by Routledge
350 Pages

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Book Description

With accelerating urbanization and growing inter-dependence of rural and urban dwellers on the markets and resources they each offer, rural urban linkages have become a very important focus in recent years for research and policy relating to local and national economic development, poverty reduction and governance. The emergence of new livelihoods based on diversified income sources and mobility reflects profound social, cultural and economic transformations, and new forms of resource allocation and use. This volume collects the key contributions in the field, covering the conceptual background, the key issues and the current debates, locating different approaches in their wider intellectual and historical contexts. It also includes important recent empirical work from all the relevant geographical regions that that will be the basis for future thinking. Fifteen papers are clearly organized around the principal themes and accompanied by a valuable editorial introduction clearly setting out the issues, the arguments and the evidence. Suggestions for further reading and additional information sources are also included. Published with IIED.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction * Small Urban Centres and Large Villages: The Habitat For Much of the World's Low-Income Population * Part II: Rural Urban Linkages and Livelihood Transformations * Survival and Accumulation Strategies at the Rural Urban Interface in North-West Tanzania * Changing Rural Urban Linkages in Mali, Nigeria and Tanzania * Evolving Rural Urban Relations and Livelihoods in Southeast Asia * Part III: Policies that Address, Ignore or Misunderstand Rural Urban Linkages * Transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Agriculture, Urbanization and Income Growth * A Regional Network Strategy for Reciprocal Rural Urban Linkages: An Agenda for Policy Research with Reference to Indonesia * The Role of Small and Intermediate Urban Centres in Regional and Rural Development: Assumptions and Evidence * The Small Town and Urban Context in China * Part 4 Mobility and Migration Between Rural and Urban Areas * Environmental Perceptions, Social Class and Demographic Change in Mexico City: A Comparative Approach * Improved Livelihoods In Improved Watersheds in India: Can Migration Be Mitigated? * Taking Advantage of Rural Assets as a Coping Strategy for the Urban Poor: The Case of Rural Urban Interrelations in Botswana * Part IV: Beyond the City Boundaries: Peri-Urban Areas and Environmental Issues * Urban Agriculture in the Metropolitan Zone of Mexico City: Changes Over Time in Urban, Suburban and Peri-Urban Areas * The Politics of Urban Rural Relations: Land Use Conversion in the Philippines * Ecological Footprints and Appropriated Carrying Capacity: What Urban Economics Leaves Out * An Overview of Urban Environmental Burdens at Three Scales: Intra-Urban, Urban-Regional and Global *

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Cecilia Tacoli is a senior researcher in the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK.


Cecilia Tacoli has covered the breadth, and the depth, of this complex field which ought to become so much more important in the globalization debate and its reflections in development practice. This new publication is much needed and highly appreciated, and � most probably � it will become a classic source book for researchers and practitioners' Professor H. Detlef Kammeier, Visiting Professor, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany, and former Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand 'A useful collection illuminating various facets of the rural-urban continuum, migration and settlement issues throughout the developing world. From the choice selection of articles, striking locational policy issue parallels emerge with respect to the environment, water management, size of urban settlement, livelihoods, income differentiation and poverty trends. This Reader will prove to be a handy reference for academics, students and planning practitioners' Deborah Fahy Bryceson, The Policy Practice, UK