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Cities, Society, and Social Perception : A Central African Perspective - J. Clyde Mitchell

Cities, Society, and Social Perception

A Central African Perspective

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Published: 30th July 1987
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A dramatic consequence of the impact of Western capitalism on countries to which it has turned for raw materials and export markets has been the spectacular growth of cities in developing regions. Drawing on empirical material assembled during his twenty-one years in Africa, Mitchell here uses statistical analysis to investigate changing urban conditions in South Central Africa and their wider social, political, and economic contexts. This comparative study provides a unique springboard for an examination of the way in which urban sociologists and anthropologists think about urban phenomena in general.

'a rare example of a work which makes advances in all three areas ... This book is the summation of a lifetime's research and is distinguished by the maturity and conviction of the analyses advanced and judgements made.' European Sociological Review 'This book is mainly recommended for those who want a very readable and theoretically-based summary of the early Central African urban studies, by someone who was there.' Urban Studies 'the book offers a cogent assessment and re-elaboration of situational analysis, suggesting that some of its criticism has been misdirected. The book is principally and powerfully about sociological explanation, methodology and research techniques. It presents a well argued case for the reflexive interaction of empirical data collection and theoretical argument of which Mitchell's own work is the best proof.' Karen Tanberg Hansen, Northwestern University. Journal of Southern African Studies 'J. Clyde Mitchell has been an authoritative figure investigating the anthropology of the urbanization process and urbanism in this part of the world for more than 40 years ... Cities, Society, and Social Perception, a handsome volume replete with numerous tables, diagrams and maps, represents the culmination of that work.' Carolein Levi, University of London, African affairs 'a very readable and theoretically-based summary of the early Central African urban studies, by someone who was there' Margaret Peil, Birmingham University. Urban Studies 'This latest work by Mitchell is of a high order and a genuine attempt to try and grasp the multidimentional aspects of context ... this work will hold a most important place in the history of urban anthropology, and for this reasn it is definitely recommended.' The Developing Economies

List of Tablesp. xxi
List of Figuresp. xxiii
List of Mapsp. xxiii
The Situational Perspectivep. 1
Cities and Societyp. 3
The Situational Perspectivep. 7
Cognitive Specifications of the Context: Situationsp. 9
Structural Specifications of the Context: Settingsp. 14
The Urban Contextp. 18
Warranted Naivetyp. 25
Comparison, Case Studies, and Generalizationp. 31
Cities in a Divided Societyp. 34
The Extent of Urbanization in South Central Africap. 40
The Administrative Contextp. 51
The Economic Factors in Urban Selectionp. 59
Labour Circulation and Urban Growthp. 64
Labour Circulationp. 65
Geographical Mobilityp. 71
Age and Sex Selectionp. 75
Geographical Selectionp. 85
Contextual Parameters, Social Structure, and Social Perceptionp. 93
The Perceptions of City Lifep. 98
The Attitude Studyp. 106
Response to Selected Itemsp. 110
Rural-Urban Self-ratingp. 115
The Underlying Dimensions in the Itemsp. 116
The Relationship of Background Factors to Basic Attitudesp. 124
Diffuse and Specific Cognitive Orientationsp. 133
Social Status and its Perceptionp. 135
Occupational Ranking and Colonial Societyp. 141
Intercalary Roles and Occupational Prestigep. 145
Hierarchical Position and the Perception of Statusp. 158
Discrepancies in Respect of Occupationsp. 164
General Social Position and the Perception of Statusp. 168
Social Structure, Social Status, and Social Perceptionp. 178
The Perception of Regionalism and Ethnicityp. 180
Cognitive Ethnicity: A Northern Rhodesian Examplep. 183
The Social and Historical Setting of the Analysisp. 188
The Ordering of the Itemsp. 195
Social Distance Scores and Perceptions of Inter-ethnic Distancesp. 201
Multi-dimensional Distance Analysisp. 203
Social and Personal Factors Affecting the Perception of Ethnicityp. 215
Directly Perceived Aspects of Ethnic Distancep. 216
Cues and Characteristicsp. 221
Perception and Behaviour: Co-residence in Single Quartersp. 225
Perception and Behaviour: Ethnic Intermarriagep. 231
Structural and Cognitive Ethnicityp. 235
Comparative Urbanism: Early American and Recent African Citiesp. 243
Industrialization and City Growthp. 244
Rates of City Growthp. 246
The Demographic Contextp. 248
Economic Conditionsp. 251
Poverty and Overcrowdingp. 252
Social Differentiationp. 257
Ethnic Associationp. 259
Processes of Categorization and Incapsulationp. 263
Comparison and Analysis: Formulations of City Lifep. 278
Psychologistic Assumptionsp. 283
Ethnologistic Assumptionsp. 287
Situational Analysisp. 289
Disorganization: Primary Contacts and Networksp. 296
Social Networks and Social Situationsp. 301
Social Networks and Social Settingsp. 310
Settings, Situations, and Analysisp. 311
Appendixp. 314
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9780198232537
ISBN-10: 0198232535
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 30th July 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.63