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Urbanization and Underdevelopment: A Global Study of Modernization, Urban Bias, and Economic Dependency

York W. Bradshaw
American Sociological Review
Vol. 52, No. 2 (Apr., 1987), pp. 224-239
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2095451
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Urbanization and Underdevelopment: A Global Study of Modernization, Urban Bias, and Economic Dependency
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Abstract

The causes and effects of Third World urbanization have been addressed in theories of modernization, urban bias, and economic dependency, but no single cross-national study has tested the arguments advanced by all three theories. This paper uses panel regression analysis to assess the validity of the three perspectives in sixty-one underdeveloped countries between 1960 and 1980. The results provide some support for each theory and also contradict previous studies that do not consider several important variables. Thus, future studies must transcend current theoretical and ideological particularism to avoid incomplete or false representations of urbanization and underdevelopment.

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