(A book on Urban Settlement Geography along with Indian context)
Revised 2016 Edition
Useful Reference Textbook for—Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development—Sociology, Management, Urban Studies.
The cities, their nature and problems are becoming more novel and still more problematic in their study. Discussions on social and physical systems of urbanization and the interaction between them in terms of their spatial attributes, including their dimensions, densities, scale relationships, associations and patterns are not easily available in the form of a concrete book. The present book, ‘Cities, Urbanization and Urban Systems’ is an effort in the direction of bringing out a complete, concrete text book on the aspects of Urban Geography with latest data and analyses. The book is prepared in such a manner that it offers a one stop solution to all the problems any student is likely to encounter while studying Settlement geography. This also happens to be the first text book on Urban Settlement Geography written by any Indian author. Besides, being a text book, the Book is useful for the Settlement Geography of the syllabus of the Union Civil Services as well as state PCS for Preparation for Geography optional.
The Organisation of the Book
The Book is organised into three sections—Cities, the Urban System in which the cities form and Urbanization.
I. The Section on cities deals with—
the origin of cities,
the factors behind their origin,
the factors behind the localisation and growth of cities;
the type of cities and their classification,
the modern names of the cities are assuming;
the differences in the city in their internal structure,
the theories that explain the differences and the comparison;
the nature of the Central Business District, its delimitation and changing importance, the recent decline of the Central Business District, the study of the periphery, the rural urban fringe, its nature and characteristics and the limits of the city influence.
II. The Section on Urban Systems deals with the interrelationship between different urban places both
horizontally and vertically:
III. The—last section deals with—the various aspects of Urbanization—the numerical aspect, the demographic aspect and the behavioral aspect. The book ends with a short but recent introduction on problems of Urbanization. The book is organised in such a manner that it moves smoothly from one section to another, one chapter to another.
The book also contains a comprehensive glossary and a good reference section.
The book has been reviewed, approved and recommended by the NATIONAL BOOK TRUST, Government of India.
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