Counter-urbanisation on the Zambian Copperbelt? Interpretations and Implications

  title={Counter-urbanisation on the Zambian Copperbelt? Interpretations and Implications},
  author={Deborah Potts},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={583 - 609}
  • D. Potts
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • History
  • Urban Studies
For the past 20 years, the population of Zambia has been gradually ruralising, or de-urbanising. For a country which was once seen as emblematic of the process of African urbanisation, and was very often cited (erroneously) as being among the first in sub-Saharan Africa to have reached the stage where over half the population was urban, this is a dramatic shift. This paper has both an empirical and theoretical element. Empirically, it seeks to demonstrate the scale and pattern of the shift… 

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