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New Forms of Urbanisation: Beyond the Urban-Rural Dichotomy (review)

New Forms of Urbanisation: Beyond the Urban-Rural Dichotomy (review) Population Review Volume 43, Number 2, 2004 Type: Book Review pp. 120-121 New Forms of Urbanisation: Beyond the Urban-Rural Dichotomy Edited by: Tony Champion and Graeme Hugo Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited (2004) ISBN: 0754635880 (hard cover) Reviewer: Chrys Lwechungura Kamuzora, Ph.D. Affiliation: Statistics Department, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Corresponding author/address: Dr. Kamuzora, Statistics Department, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (ckamuzora@yahoo.co.uk) It is difficult to begin this review without first stating that New Forms of Urbanization is nothing less than an opus magnum! This is not simply because of its scope: it is also because of the complexity of the urbanisation phenomenon that it attempts to illuminate. The current process of "Urbanisation" taking place, as the authors portray, is hardly based on the traditional dichotomies that normally define the concept as (e.g., rural versus urban, agriculture versus manufacturing, illiterate versus educated, conservative versus outward looking, simple versus complex). A major difficulty with the urbanization concept is the ever-changing complexity of both rural and urban locations, thus rendering a generally acceptable definition virtually impossible. As Larry Bourne and Jim Simmons (authors of one section of the book) observe (p. 253): "Urban systems have continued to evolve in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Population Review Sociological Demography Press

New Forms of Urbanisation: Beyond the Urban-Rural Dichotomy (review)

Population Review , Volume 43 (2)

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Population Review Volume 43, Number 2, 2004 Type: Book Review pp. 120-121 New Forms of Urbanisation: Beyond the Urban-Rural Dichotomy Edited by: Tony Champion and Graeme Hugo Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited (2004) ISBN: 0754635880 (hard cover) Reviewer: Chrys Lwechungura Kamuzora, Ph.D. Affiliation: Statistics Department, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Corresponding author/address: Dr. Kamuzora, Statistics Department, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (ckamuzora@yahoo.co.uk) It is difficult to begin this review without first stating that New Forms of Urbanization is nothing less than an opus magnum! This is not simply because of its scope: it is also because of the complexity of the urbanisation phenomenon that it attempts to illuminate. The current process of "Urbanisation" taking place, as the authors portray, is hardly based on the traditional dichotomies that normally define the concept as (e.g., rural versus urban, agriculture versus manufacturing, illiterate versus educated, conservative versus outward looking, simple versus complex). A major difficulty with the urbanization concept is the ever-changing complexity of both rural and urban locations, thus rendering a generally acceptable definition virtually impossible. As Larry Bourne and Jim Simmons (authors of one section of the book) observe (p. 253): "Urban systems have continued to evolve in

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