Urbanization in the Caribbean Basin: social change during the years of the crisis

A. Portes, J. Itzigsohn, C. Dore-Cabral

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This article seeks to examine empirically several recent hypotheses on the evolution of Latin American urbanization based on data from five countries in the Caribbean Basin. They concern three major aspects discussed in the literature on Latin American cities: changes in urban primacy, spatial polarization within the largest cities, and the urban informal economy as a countercyclical mechanism. Sections summarize the theoretical conclusions of the earlier research (Portes 1989) and the particular characteristics of Caribbean Basin countries as an introduction for presenting new findings on urban trends in the area. This empirical material will be used to seek answers to two broad questions: the extent to which past generalizations about Latin American urbanization apply to countries of the Caribbean Basin; and the extent to which significant variations exist in the ways in which the process has taken place within the subregion and, if so, their main determinants. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-37
Number of pages35
JournalLatin American Research Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Development
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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