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The Mediterranean City in Transition : Social Change and Urban Development - Lila Leontidou

The Mediterranean City in Transition

Social Change and Urban Development

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Published: 27th April 1990
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Postwar capitalist development has involved a transition from polarization toward diffuse urbanization and flexibility. The timing and form of this transition and its effects on spatial structures have varied, as is especially evident in the case of Mediterranean Europe. Focusing upon Greater Athens between 1948 and 1981 - the crucial period of the transition - Lila Leontidou explores the role of social classes in urban development. The emergence of new processes in cities such as Athens, Salonica, Rome, Naples, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon is different in both timing and manner from that of Northern European cities, but, as Dr Leontidou argues, this should not be attributed to poverty or inexplicable cultural peculiarities. Instead interaction between popular spontaneity, economic forces and State control has played a major role.

"Using secondary sources for comparisons with other Mediterranean cities and archival studies for Athens, Leontidou has amassed considerable evidence--much of it presented in tables and maps--about how working-class migrants provided shelter for themselves in an unregulated building economy. Taken as an empirical account, Leontidou's book fills a gap in the literature." Josef W. Konvitz, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Spontaneous urban development: in search of a theory for the Mediterranean city
Cities of silence: Athens and Piraeus in the early twemtieth century
The Greek 'economic miracle' and the hidden proletariat
The 'golden period' of spontaneous urban development, 1950-67
Industrial restructuring versus the cities
The end of spontaneity in urban development
Athens and the uniqueness of urban development in Mediterranean Europe
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521344678
ISBN-10: 0521344670
Series: Cambridge Human Geography
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 27th April 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64