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The Mediterranean City in Transition
Social Change and Urban Development


Part of Cambridge Human Geography

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

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  • Postwar capitalist development has involved a transition from polarization toward diffuse urbanization and flexibility. The timing and form of this transition and its effects on spatial structures have varied, as is especially evident in the case of Mediterranean Europe. Focusing upon Greater Athens between 1948 and 1981 - the crucial period of the transition - Lila Leontidou explores the role of social classes in urban development. The emergence of new processes in cities such as Athens, Salonica, Rome, Naples, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon is different in both timing and manner from that of northern European cities, but, as Dr Leontidou argues, this should not be attributed to poverty or inexplicable cultural peculiarities. Instead interaction between popular spontaneity, economic forces and State control has played a major role.

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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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