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First published in 1986, this reissue is concerned with the increased social problems, regional imbalances, and economic dislocation resulting from the alarming growth rate of cities in the developing world. It considers theoretical questions and contains wide-ranging case studies to support the arguments made. It relates urbanisation in the developing world to changes in the broader global economic system, as well as looking at the urbanisation process over time.
Part I: Theoretical Studies of Urbanisation in the Context of the World System 1. Capitalism and Urbanisation at the Periphery: Problems of Interpretation and Analysis with Reference to Latin America 2. Circuits and Networks of Capital: Internationalisation of the World Economy and National Urbanisation 3. The International Financial System and National Economic Developing Patterns 4. The New International Division of Labour and Urban Development in the World System 5. Labour Migration in the World System Part II: Historical and Empirical Studies at the Regional, National and Local Levels 6. Third World Urban Development: Agency Responses with Particular Reference to IDRC Yue-man Yeung and Francois Belisle 7. Urban Development in South-East Asia: A Historical and Structural Analysis 8. Urbanisation in the Socialist Third World: The Case of Zimbabwe 9. Migration and Planning: The Turkish Case 10. Self-Help Housing and State Intervention: Illustrative Reflections on the Petty Commodity Production Debate 11. The Traditional Economic Functions in Abidjan, Ivory Coast 12. The Changing Role of Women in the Urban Informal Sector of Johannesburg