The Making of Citizens: Cities of Peasants Revisited / Edition 2 available in Paperback
Originally published as 'Cities of Peasants', this highly-acclaimed account of the expansion of capitalism in the developing world has now been extensively rewritten and updated.Focusing on Latin America, Bryan Roberts traces the evolution of developing societies and their economies to the present. Taking account of the move towards more 'open' economies, a shrinking of the state and various transitions towards democracies, he shows how urban growth has produced new patterns of social stratification, creating opportunities for social mobility, but doing little to decrease income inequality or political and social pressures.Underlying social changes have broadened the practice of citizenship in developing countries, limiting authoritarian rule but within a context of entrenched social inequalities and persisting political instability. This book conveys both the flavour of life in the cities of the third world and the immediacy of their problems.
Table of Contents
Preface Urbanization and underdevelopment Urbanization and underdevelopment before the modern period Urbanization and industrialization Migration and the agrarian structure The urban economy and the organization of the labor market The nature of urban stratification Urban poverty, the household, and coping with urban life The development of citizenship Epilogue Index