Picks from the Toronto Public Library: Chapter 4

The Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St. now houses the collection of the Urban Affairs Library (formerly located at Metro Hall), a specialized collection devoted to all aspects of urban planning and local government. Each week, TPL librarians Cynthia Fisher and Bessie Nellopoulos will select titles of books that can be found at the Library that complement the themes discussed in each chapter of Arrival City.

Arrival City: Chapter 4 – The urbanization of the village

This chapter explores the hardships faced by peasant/subsistence farmers whose plots of land are too small to be viable, and demonstrates the benefits, both financial and social, enjoyed by these communities when they have migrant links to urban centres.  The titles below mostly focus on peasant farming and include countries discussed in the chapter, especially Poland and China, as well as Kenya.

https://i0.wp.com/assets.cambridge.org/97805214/57118/cover/9780521457118.jpg Peasant economics : farm households and agrarian development 2nd ed.

Ellis, Frank. 1993, 309 p.

Developing countries–Rural conditions.
Peasants–Developing countries–Economic conditions.
Peasants–Developing countries–Social conditions.
Quality of life–Developing countries.



https://i2.wp.com/ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41pGjpiZLXL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgA village without Solidarity : Polish peasants in years of crisis.

Hann, C. M. 1985, 208 p.

Poland–Rural conditions–Case studies.
Villages–Poland–Case studies.
Wisłok (Poland)–Ethnic relations.
Wisłok (Poland)–Social conditions.


Will the boat sink the water? : the  life of China’s peasants.

Chen, Guidi.  Chun, Tao, 2006, 229 p.

China–Rural conditions.
Rural development–China.




The last hunger season : a year in an African farm community on the brink of change.

Thurow, Roger. 2012, 272 p.

Agricultural development projects–Kenya.
Farms, Small–Kenya.
Food supply–Kenya.
Kenya–Rural conditions.
Subsistence farming–Kenya.


https://i2.wp.com/tmm.chicagodistributioncenter.com/IsbnImages/9789089643926.jpgMobility in transition : migration patterns after EU enlargement.

Glorius, Birgit. ; Grabowska-Lusińska, Izabela. ; Kuvik, Aimee. 2013, 328 p.

Europe–Emigration and immigration.
Migration, Internal–European Union countries.




https://i1.wp.com/ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510AtilNayL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgFrom farm to firm : rural-urban transition in developing countries.

Dudwick, Nora. 2011, 235 p.

Rural-urban migration–Developing countries.
The Journal of development studies.




Year/Format: 1964-, Print Magazines, Newspapers & Journals.

Developing countries–Periodicals
Economic development–Periodicals.
Economic history–1945—Periodicals.

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