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Title:A Cyclic Approach to Settlement Patterns in Africa
Author:Silberfein, Marilyn
Periodical:South African Journal of African Affairs
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:urban-rural migration
Urbanization and Migration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Most settlements in Africa are not static phenomena which can be catalogued and ascribed to one society or another. Instead, settlement form is a strong component of the landscape with a strong proclivity toward regularized, predictable modifications. This study organizes the diversity of settlement form in terms of regularized changes. The regularities discerned in traditional settlement form will be compared to the current resettlement projects being established by independent African governments. However it is unlikely that resettlement will remain a major thrust of agricultural policy as the cost is high. The settlement schemes that do emerge in the future will probably be small in scale (to minimize the expenditures). They will emphasize co-operative farming but will lot always require relocation into centralized villages. Ref.