FALL 1997


This seminar examines the origins, types, and characteristics
of cities in less developed countries and the ways in which patterns of
urbanization interact with policies to promote economic growth and social

	Readings and class discussions are divided in three parts:
A) A history of urbanization and its relationship with capitalist
development; B) an analysis of contemporary urban systems in the
Third World, demographic patterns, and the social structure of large 
cities; C) A review of the literature on the informal economy and
the situation and outlooks of the urban poor. 

	Special topics to be examined include the origins and types
of shantytowns, the composition and behavior of urban elites, and
the relationship of the informal sector to neoliberal adjustment

	Final grades will be determined as follows:

			1/3  In-class examination

			1/3  Class presentation and report

			1/3  Take-home final examination

	OFFICE HOURS:  Tuesdays: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
                       Wednesdays: 2:30-4:30 p.m.


*Giovanni Arrighi, The Long Twentieth Century, 1994 *Ray Bromley and Chris Gerry, Casual Work and Poverty in Third World Cities, 1979 *Maurice Dobb, Studies in the Development of Capitalism, 1981 *Jorge I. Dominguez, Robert A. Pastor, R. Delisle Worrell, Democracy in the Caribbean, 1993 Peter Evans, Embedded Autonomy: States and Social Transformation, 1995 *Jorge Hardoy, Urbanization in Latin America, 1975 *David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity, 1989 A. Douglas Kincaid and Alejandro Portes, Comparative National Development, 1994 *Henri Pirenne, Medieval Cities, 1970 Alejandro Portes, Manuel Castells, and Lauren Benton, The Informal Economy, Studies in Advanced and Less Developed Societies, 1989 Alejandro Portes, Carlos Dore, and Patricia Landolt, The Urban Caribbean, Transition to the New Global Economy, 1997 Bryan R. Roberts, The Making of Citizens, 1995 Joseph A. Schumpeter, The Economics and Sociology of Capitalism, 1991 *Charles K. Wilber, The Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment, 1979 *Selected readings only. Book on library reserve.

Course Outline

Part I: Urbanization and Capitalist Development in Historical Perspective Week Topic Readings 1st - Sept. 15 The Rise of Cities Pirenne, Chs. 2-4 2nd - Sept. 22 The Transition from Dobb, Chs. 2, 3, 5,6 Feudalism to Capitalism 3rd - Sept. 29 Capitalism and Development Schumpeter, Chs. 2, 3 in the Early Twentieth Century Dobb, Ch. 8 4th - Oct. 6 Peripheral Urbanization before Roberts, Chs. 2-4 the Modern Period *Hardoy, Ch. 1


5th - Oct. 13 The Present and Future of Schumpeter, Chs. 6, 8, 9 Capitalist Development Evans, Ch. 1 *Harvey, Chs. 3-4, 19 6th - Oct. 20 Midterm Test


Part II: Urbanization and Underdevelopment 7th - Nov. 3 Urbanization and Development Roberts, Ch. 1 in the Modern Period Kincaid and Portes, Chs. 1-3 5-6 *Arrighi, Ch. 4 8th - Nov. 10 The Developmental State Evans, Chs. 2-5, 7, 10 *Wilber, Chs. 6-11 *Required readings for students presenting on that day only; optional for others. Part III: The Condition of Life in Peripheral Cities 9th - Nov. 17 Coping with Urban Poverty Roberts, Chs. 5-8 Portes, Dore, and Landolt, Chs. 4, 5 *Hardoy, Chs. 3, 4, 8,12


10th - Dec. 1 The Urban Informal Economy Portes, Castells, and Benton and Development Chs. 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15 *Bromley and Gerry, Chs. 4, 8, 11, 13 11th - Dec. 8 Caribbean Cities Under Portes, Dore, and Landolt, Neoliberal Adjustment Chs. 1, 2, 6-8 *Dominguez, Pastor, and Worrell, Chs. 1, 2, 5, 8


*Required readings for students presenting on that day only; optional for others

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