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Title:The Rural-Urban Dynamic and Implications for Development: Perspectives from Nigerien Women
Author:Hartmann-Mahmud, Lori LynnISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:22
Issue:2
Period:May
Pages:227-252
Language:English
Geographic term:Niger
Subjects:rural-urban relations
urban life
women
Women's Issues
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
urbanization
Cultural Roles
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/cjca0258900042000230032
Abstract:Based on research conducted in Niger in three villages, three towns and the capital, Niamey, between November 1997 to April 1998, the author explores how people, particularly women, define, assess and imagine rural and urban lifestyles. She found that definitions of rural and urban places provided by informants were not based on population size or density but rather on opportunities and life conditions. While a majority (52 percent) of the women designated the urban setting as more satisfying than the rural, the often-assumed unbridled desire to move to the city is unfounded. Many informants did not fall in with a dichotomous rural-urban distinction, instead providing critical and creative perspectives on the interdependence of rural and urban settings, and the relationship between development 'space' and 'place'. Hence the dichotomization of rural and urban often assumed in policy decisions is misleading and results in distorted development. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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