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Rainforest Cities: Urbanization, Development, and Globalization of the Brazilian Amazon

By: John O Browder and Brian J Godfrey

429 pages, 28 b/w photos, figs, tabs, maps

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Dec 1997 | #65319 | ISBN: 0231106556
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Hardback | Dec 1997 | #65312 | ISBN: 0231106548
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Despite its popular image as a vast and forbidding wilderness at the periphery of civilization, Amazonia has undergone a significant urban transformation since the late 1970s. This book explores these recent events, challenging conventional notions of urbanization and regional development to propose a theory of `disarticulated urbanization.' ' A scholarly book, perhaps too scholarly, since it is primarily concerned with wrestling with theories of urbanization, rather than with its social and environmental realities facing people.' Herbert Girardet, The Ecologist.

Rainforest Cities provides the first comprehensive analysis of the varied and volatile settlement patterns that characterise the urbanisation process in the Amazon... a valuable contribution to regional development and environmental studies. -- David Hyndman, University of Queensland Anthropological Forum

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JOHN O. BROWDER is associate professor of urban and regional planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. BRIAN J. GODFREY is associate professor of geography at Vassar College.

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