The urban geography of underdevelopment: A case of petty commodity production

Isin, Engin F. (1987). The urban geography of underdevelopment: A case of petty commodity production. Geoforum, 18(2) pp. 127–149.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0016-7185(87)90001-7

Abstract

The study in urban geography of underdevelopment has serious inadequacies although there are numerous studies on unemployment, housing, transportation and poverty problems of the city in underdeveloped societies. Urban petty commodity production (a group of activities normally seen as lying outside the principal spheres of large-scale production in underdeveloped economies), for example, has been the focus of development economics and geography in the last two decades but the specific problem of appropriation of urban landscape by this group of activities, which in turn reproduce and transform the landscape has, at the very best, been only partially and indirectly addressed. This paper deals with this problem with particular reference to material derived from fieldwork in the Turkish city of Bursa

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