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The Dynamics of Cities : Ecological Determinism, Dualism and Chaos - Dimitrios S. Dendrinos

The Dynamics of Cities

Ecological Determinism, Dualism and Chaos

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1992
ISBN: 9780415077217
Number Of Pages: 416

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The economy and geography of human population concentrations have been characterized throughout history by numerous dualisms and spatial disparities. Extreme poverty and equally extreme wealth coexist side by side. Are they connected or are they purely random?
"The Dynamics of Cities" addresses these questions, arguing that spatiotemporal interaction and locational comparative advantages are interlocked into a simple but rich code of evolution. Drawing on recorded evidence of a global scale and scanning the past quarter century, Dimitrios Dendrinos argues that the dynamics of the world's largest cities exhibit patterns in seeming chaos, but nonetheless ordered dualism.
In this informative and original study, Dendrinos arrives at an aggregate macro-ecological determinism governing the rise and fall of cities, industries, regions, and nations alike. He synthesizes a speculative theory of human behavior and hypothesizes that a broad range of socioeconomic dualisms and spatial disparities signify a dynamic instability in the evolution of societies and human settlements. The author's highly original approach suggests that simple macrodynamic processes guide the growth and decline of contemporary megacities, just as they have determined the space-time of cities of the past.

Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgementsp. xxi
Abbreviationsp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Global Interdependencesp. 16
Nations, Cities, Industries, and Their Connectancep. 56
The Dynamic Code of a Global Urban Hierarchyp. 160
Epiloguep. 221
Appendicesp. 241
Notesp. 325
Bibliographyp. 360
Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9780415077217
ISBN-10: 0415077214
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st October 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 14.43  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1