+612 9045 4394
Urbanization and Social Change in West Africa : Urbanization in Developing Countries - Josef Gugler

Urbanization and Social Change in West Africa

Urbanization in Developing Countries

Paperback Published: 6th November 1978
ISBN: 9780521291187
Number Of Pages: 256

Share This Book:


Ships in 10 to 15 business days

Originally published in 1978 as part of the Urbanization in Developing Countries series, this is an interdisciplinary study of rapid urban growth in West Africa. Gugler and Flanagan first explore the history of the cities of the early West African empires and they draw on the work of social anthropologists and sociologists, as well as demographers, economists, geographers, historians, political scientists and social psychologists. They then describe the urban explosion that the region experienced after World War II. They explore the implications of widespread urban unemployment and underemployment, the housing crisis and the emergence of metropolitan areas such as Lagos. The literature on urbanization and social change in Black Africa in general, and West Africa in particular, expanded at a fast pace in the years preceding publication. This critical review of the disparate findings filled a gap in African Studies and threw light on the understanding of Third World urbanization.

List of maps, figures, and tables
Introduction: exploding cities in poverty-stricken countries
Empires and trade
Urbanization and economic development
Rural-urban migration
Townsman and absentee villager
Social relationships in the urban setting
Three types of change
The family: continuity and change
Changes in the position of women
Stratification and social mobility; Conclusion: the incorporation of the West African peasantry
Name index
Subject index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521291187
ISBN-10: 0521291186
Series: Urbanization in Developing Countries
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 6th November 1978
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.38