Industrialization and Underdeveloped Countries

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AldineTransaction, 2007 - Business & Economics - 200 pages
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The volume of relevant research and literature on this topic is growing but originates mainly from economists, sociologists, and political scientists; geographers have been slow to make contributions. One reason may be that geographers have been preoccupied with differentiation within the geography of production whereas this new field directs attention to the geography of consumption and a study of economies. This book aims to focus attention on the complex and inter-related problems--social, economic, political, and geographical--that come with development, placing particular emphasis on the problems which accompany attempts at industrialization. Focusing on the complex and interrelated social, economic, political, and geographic problems that attend under-development, this book presents one of the first contributions from a geographer on what has been called the most important economic problem of the modern world.

Contending that industrialization is no answer for under-developed countries that are striving to maintain expanding populations and to strengthen their economy, Alan B. Mountjoy traces the distribution, causes, and problems of under-development and the difficulties with and possibilities for industrialization as an aid in solving those problems. He defines development and under-development, considers problems of industrialization (including environmental and human problems), discusses the forms industrialization takes, and analyzes the progress of industrialization in specific under-developed areas.

The unique geographer's perspective and the ability of the author to select aspects of the study that most clearly reflect the problems of under-developed economies make this work a useful text and reference book for students and scholars of development, economic geography, and international relations.

Alan B. Mountjoy was lecturer in geography at Bedford College, University of London, where he specialized in economic geography and the study of underdeveloped countries. Some of his other books include Industrialization and Developing Countries, Africa (with David Hilling), and Developing the Underdeveloped Countries.

 

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Contents

Maps and diagrams
11
Development and underdevelopment
21
the global setting
33
The population cycle
42
The demographic factor in
45
Age and sex composition England and Wales
50
Industrializationthe panacea?
62
The circle of poverty
84
Problems of industrialization
89
Environmental and human problems
99
The form of industrialization
124
The location of Huachipato
154
Indias iron and steel industry
169
industrial establishments by numbers
187
Conclusion
192
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Alan B. Mountjoy was lecturer in geography at Bedford College, University of London, where he specialized in economic geography and the study of underdeveloped countries. Some of his other books include Industrialization and Developing Countries, Africa (with David Hilling), and Developing the Underdeveloped Countries.

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