Population, Urbanisation and Education

  • Andrew Webster


The majority of models of development regard population growth, urbanisation and educational expansion as crucial features of industrial modernisation. They are seen as important preconditions for industrialisation as well as developing more fully as a consequence of it. Yet the simple presence of all three does not necessarily indicate that industrialisation has occurred as is evident when we look at the underdeveloped Third World. One hears of ‘over population’, ‘over urbanisation’, and inappropriate educational expansion: are these distortions and the difficulties they imply derived from something specific about social policies in the Third World or are they symptoms of more deep-seated problems? This chapter looks at some of the basic issues raised in this debate.


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