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International Handbook of Urban Systems

Studies of Urbanization and Migration in Advanced and Developing Countries Edited by H.S. Geyer, Director, Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE), Stellenbosch University, South Africa
This authoritative Handbook provides a comprehensive account of migration and economic development throughout the world, in both developed and developing countries.

Some of the world’s most experienced researchers in this field look at how population redistribution patterns have impacted on urban development in a wide selection of advanced and developing countries in all the major regions of the world over the past half century.
Extent: 640 pp
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Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 900 0
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This authoritative Handbook provides a comprehensive account of migration and economic development throughout the world, in both developed and developing countries.

Some of the world’s most experienced researchers in this field look at how population redistribution patterns have impacted on urban development in a wide selection of advanced and developing countries in all the major regions of the world over the past half century. The study results show that, despite local differences there are signs of remarkable similarities in the underlying forces that drive the migration process and urban development across the development spectrum.

The International Handbook of Urban Systems is a must for social and economic geographers, urban and regional planners, regional scientists, urban, regional and development economists and sociologists.
‘The volume makes a timely contribution to the international study of urban systems. It is a useful source of theoretical and empirical information on migration urbanization in both developed and developing societies. And it should be consulted by all scholars and students of urban studies, especially those who are interested in comparative, multidisciplinary research on cities and regional economic development.’
– Robert L. Boyd, Journal of Regional Science

‘This is an extremely useful collection of up-to-date cas studies focusing on the links between population redistribution, migration and urbanisation.’
– Geography

‘It is difficult to underestimate the potential contribution of this corpus to the understanding of urban systems in spaces that have often been out of bounds to Anglo-American readers, owing to linguistic, cultural and physical barriers. Possibly the greatest strength of the book is its genuinely global character, drawing from a rich body of locally situated knowledge that has hitherto been marginalized in the mainstream geography literature.’
– Stefan Buzar, Progress in Human Geography

‘This book might be considered a benchmark of demography and urban geography at the beginning of the 21st century, a snapshot of this rapidly changing situation . . . Essential.’
– M.I. Glassner, Choice

‘Manie Geyer has drawn together an interesting collection of chapters on the urban systems of developed and developing nations, and has done so in a manner that highlights both the diversity and similarity of structure. Apart from being a useful reference source on urban systems, the volume demonstrates the value of comparative analysis, as well as the associated difficulties. The work will be of interest not only to newcomers to the field but also to established researchers, whether economists, demographers, geographers, or planners and policy analysts.’
– John B. Parr, University of Glasgow, UK

‘Cities continually reinvent themselves as part of an ongoing process of metamorphosis. Manie Geyer has done an important service in editing a volume that reveals how urban areas throughout the world are changing in the context of differing national socio-economic-political systems and various external pressures. The material in this book provides an interesting collection of snap-shots offering contemporary pictures of urban systems in different parts of the world. This allows not only current cross-national analysis, but also benchmarks what the future may hold for longer term studies.’
– Kenneth Button, George Mason University, US
Contributors: G.A. Aguilar, C.C. Bae, R.R. Baeninger, T. Baycan-Levent, L.S. Bourne, A.G. Champion, A.J. Fielding, W. Frey, P. Gans, H.S. Geyer, E. Goede, B. Graizbord, E. Heikkilä, I. Ianos, T. Järvinen, I. Jazdzewska, M. Jun, F.-J. Kemper, S. Mukherji, P. Nijkamp, P. Petsimeris, D. Pumain, H.W. Richardson, Z. Rykiel, J.W. Simmons, I.J. van der Merwe
Contents: Preface Part I: Theoretical Fundamentals 1. The Fundamentals of Urban Space 2. An Exploration in Migration Theory 3. On Urban Systems Evolution 4. The Urban Future Part II: Empirical Findings A. Western European Countries 5. Population Change and Migration in the British Urban System 6. The French Urban System 7. Urbanization in Germany Before and After Unification 8. Urban Development in the Netherlands: New Perspectives 9. Counter Urbanization in Italy B. Nordic and Central European Countries 10. Past, Present and Future of Urbanization in Finland 11. The Maturing of the Polish Urban System 12. The Maturing of the Romanian Urban System 13. The Demographic Transition and Urban Development in Turkey C. American Countries 14. A History of Recent Urban Development in the United States 15. The Dynamics of the Canadian Urban System 16. Evolution and Maturing of the Mexican Urban System 17. Urbanization and the Redistribution Population in Brazil: Recent Changes and Trends D. Asian Countries 18. Migration and the Development of the Japanese Urban System, 1950–2000 19. Migration and the Urban Systems of South Korea 20. Urbanization and Migration in India: A Different Scene E. African Countries 21. Current Perspectives on Urban Change in South Africa Index