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Title:The influence of different cultures on the patterns of change in traditional African cities
Author:Onokerhoraye, Andrew Godwin
Periodical:Cultures et développement
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:urban society
Abstract:This paper includes material from the author's Ph.D. thesis 'The Patterns of Change in a Traditional Nigerian City; As Urban Georaphy of Benin' (London University, 1974). Purpose is to carry out a comparative analysis of the structure and characteristics of one traditional African city under the influence of both the indigenous African and European cultures. The traditional African city is defined as that which was established before the penetration of Europeans into the continent in the nineteenth century. Such a town, therefore, developed from the process of indigenous African urbanization. The first part of the paper is a theoretical framework in which some well-known concepts relating to the interrelationships between culture and urbanization are reviewed. A simple descriptive model of the influence of cultural change on traditional African cities in developed. Within the framework suggested by the model, the second part of the paper discusses, empirically, the patterns of change in Benin. The concluding section summarizes and identifies some problems emanating from the process of change in traditional African cities. Notes.