Theatres of Accumulation

Book description

In the great cities of Latin America and Asia, international business and local firms meet and, in particular, influence teh development strategies of Third World countries. The authors of Theatres of Accumulation argue that these cities play a crucial role in the process of capital accumulation and of unequal exchange and dependency. They examine the twin patterns of convergence and divergence in lifestyles and economic activities, and show how the flow of capital through the urban system beings net losses to the rural regions and further exacerbates income inequalities between regions and classes.

Theatres of accumulation provides an overview of urbanization in the Third World, as well as specific case studies. It deals with theoretical issues and projects the likely developments in urbanization in the future. Armstrong and McGee's work is essential reading for social science and planning professionals and students, in the developed world and the Third World, who are concerned with urban processes.

This book was first published in 1985.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Full Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. List of figures
  7. List of tables
  8. Preface
  9. 1 Third World urbanization: a changing scenario
    1. Introduction
    2. Changing patterns of Third World urbanization
    3. New approaches to Third World urbanization
    4. Persistent problems of Third World urbanization
  10. 2 Development theory and urbanization: rethinking the paradigm
    1. Prologue
    2. Introduction
    3. The developing development paradigm
    4. ECLA, the dependency challenge and underdevelopment theory
    5. Dependence as an internal practice
    6. Class relations and modes of production
    7. Applying the concepts
    8. Internal and external factors in development: a case study
    9. Conclusion
  11. 3 Cities: theatres of accumulation, centres of diffusion
    1. Introduction
    2. Skewed development and urbanization
    3. Convergence and divergence in Third World urbanization
    4. The mechanisms of conservation-dissolution and the urbanization process
    5. Activating the theory
  12. 4 Accumulation and Latin American cities
    1. Introduction
    2. Industrial production and accumulation
    3. Industrialized agriculture
    4. Free Trade Zones
    5. Industrialization and urban change
    6. Intra-urban circuits, modernization and consumption
    7. Convergence in Latin America’s cities?
    8. Confrontation and continentalization
  13. 5 The urbanization process, accumulation and industrialization in the market economies of Asia
    1. Introduction
    2. Urbanization in Asia: some close-ups
    3. Capital circuits and networks
    4. Urbanization and industrialization: the main components of this relationship in the Asian market economies
    5. Conclusion
  14. 6 Ecuador: accumulation and the producers
    1. Introduction
    2. The national context
    3. Accumulation and producers in southern Ecuador
    4. The significance of the feria
    5. Migration — a rural response
    6. Population changes in rural communities
    7. Cuenca: regional centre
  15. 7 Ecuador: capital and the accumulators
    1. Introduction
    2. Accumulation’s other face: the ruling class
    3. The Church, surplus and accumulation
    4. The state and regional development
  16. 8 Conservation-persistence in the two-circuit system of Hong Kong: a case study of hawkers
    1. Introduction
    2. The context
    3. Hawkers in the Hong Kong–Kowloon metropolitan area: a case study 1969–71
    4. Hawkers’ participation in petty commodity retailing
    5. Conclusion: conservation-preservation in the two-circuit system
  17. 9 Women workers or working women? A case study of female workers in Malaysia
    1. Introduction
    2. Proletarianization, Free Trade Zones and women workers
    3. Female proletarianization and urbanization in Malaysia
    4. The factory system
    5. The urban setting
    6. A Penang case study
    7. Theoretical implications
    8. Conclusion
  18. 10 Conclusion
  19. Notes
  20. Bibliography
    1. General and theoretical
    2. Latin America
    3. Asia
  21. Index

Product information

  • Title: Theatres of Accumulation
  • Author(s): Warwick Armstrong, T.G. McGee
  • Release date: June 2013
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781135667719