Croissance urbaine et thèmes de recherche en Afrique tropicale: l'ensemble de Rufisque (Sénégal)

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The recent studies concerning the towns of Black Africa owe their specific interest to the trends of research and the nature of the problems under consideration. In this respect, Rufisque is a living example-through its history and decay-of the gap existing between facts and the theories which conceive space as a per se entity| it is on the contrary an illustration of the fact that the organization of space implies both the interpretation of a natural environment through an economic system, and the evolution of the balance between the terms inherent to the social system. Established by upper-class tradesmen, who had the leadership in a given political context, Rufisque, a town based on the groundnut economy, became a meaningless entity the moment the colonial Government imposed Dakar as a new instrument. These conditions outlived the Independence of the nation. Despite its economic downfall, Rufisque is a town with a high demographic growth rate, which results in a double problem: the remodelling of the urban lay-out and the function of the town within the region of the Cape Verde.

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Article de périodique

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Villes en parallèle Parix X-Nanterre, 1978, n°. 1, p. 36-69, Références bibliographiques : dissém.

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