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Dealing with Urbanization in South Asia: Learning from Urban Spatial Configurations within Small TWCs

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Locana Gunaratne

Architect/Planner and Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, LK
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There is a considered view that dealing with urbanization and its adverse impacts in South Asia has been ineffectual due to too great a reliance upon exogenous theory developed for different socio-economic circumstances. This paper expands on one of the theories that underpins the desired new theoretical base relating to some phenomena in their observable presence in many Third World Countries (TWCs). The spatial distortion that this phenomena represents in the city systems of these countries, particularly 'urban primacy', is directly attributable to the prolonged imposition of colonial economies on these countries. The obvious question that arises concerns the relevance of these deformed city systems to the post-colonial economies and social objectives pursued in these countries, especially if they are differently oriented from those of the colonial era. The study is based upon urban statistics gathered from eight TWCs selected from three continents.
Keywords: Urbanization 
How to Cite: Gunaratne, L., (2015). Dealing with Urbanization in South Asia: Learning from Urban Spatial Configurations within Small TWCs. Bhumi, The Planning Research Journal. 4(2), pp.18–25. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/bhumi.v4i2.7
Published on 01 Dec 2015.
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