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Title:Rural-Urban Linkages: The Role of Small Urban Centers in Nigeria
Author:Trager, Lillian
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:rural-urban relations
small towns
Urbanization and Migration
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524070
Abstract:This paper explores some of the functional aspects of small urban centres within systems of cities, and in particular considers certain rural-urban linkages which seem to have implications for regional and rural development. The discussion focuses on rural-urban linkages and the role of small urban centres in southern Nigeria, a region well known for its rather extensive systems of towns and cities. Two types of activity through which small centres are linked both to their rural hinterlands and to larger urban centres are examined. One of these activities, marketplace trade, has long existed and continues to be of great importance for the functioning of the local economy. The other, maintenance of hometown links, incorporates old cultural ideas which are being shaped in new ways. The need to display one's solidarity with one's hometown is now emerging in the form of practical undertakings, such as the construction of roads, to assist the hometown and its residents. Bibliogr., notes, ref.