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The Mediterranean City in Transition
Social Change and Urban Development

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Part of Cambridge Human Geography

  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025256

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  • The transition from feudalism to capitalism has occurred in many different ways and the variety of forms and methods of this transition is particularly evident in Southern Europe. Focusing on Greater Athens between 1948 and 1981--the crucial period of transition--the author explores the role of social classes in urban development in the cities of Mediterranean Europe. Based on extensive research, the book presents for the first time a history of the Greek urban popular classes during the twentieth century. The author challenges urban growth models based on the Anglo-American experience and convincingly presents her own theoretical framework combining economic and ecological considerations with Gramsci's theories of culture, spontaneity, and informality.

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    "Using secondary sources for comparisons with other Mediterranean cities and archival studies for Athens, Leontidou has amassed considerable evidence--much of it presented in tables and maps--about how working-class migrants provided shelter for themselves in an unregulated building economy. Taken as an empirical account, Leontidou's book fills a gap in the literature." Josef W. Konvitz, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025256
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.476kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    1. Spontaneous urban development: in search of a theory for the Mediterranean city
    2. Cities of silence: Athens and Piraeus in the early twentieth century
    3. The Greek 'economic miracle' and the hidden proletariat
    4. The 'golden period' of spontaneous urban development, 1950–67
    5. Industrial restructuring versus the cities
    6. The end of spontaneity in urban development
    7. Athens and the uniqueness of urban development in Mediterranean Europe

  • Author

    Lila Leontidou, National Technical University of Athens

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